We always wanted to return to Iceland after our first adventure there back in 2017. This time it all started with a message from our friend Cătălin, saying that Skálmöld (one of our favorite Icelandic bands) will have an anniversary concert at Harpa, in Reykyavik. Following that idea, Cezar proposed that we buy the tickets for two reasons: it would be amazing to see their live performance in that unique location and this would be an excuse for us to visit other places of Iceland that we haven’t seen yet. It did not take long to decide, so we started the whole research on how we could make this happen, and also take advantage of this opportunity to reload/resume our previous trip to this amazing country.
This time we all managed to allow more days off into account and did the complete golden ring, basically traveling around the whole island, and thus completing the journey we wanted to have in the first place. We started planning for this adventure in the spring, so Cezar, Anca, Cătălin, and myself had enough time to build up our excitement.
We got to revisit some of the great places we saw before, see places that we could not enjoy that much the previous time because of the weather and also got to see new ones, as we traveled to the northern part of the island as well.
Some of the trip highlights: the super fun experience we had at the Vikings photo session, wearing traditional clothes and jewelry, the amazing Skálmöld (and their featured appearance guests) show + meet and greet, breath-taking landscapes, amazing weather, delicious food, the ice cave adventure, the very friendly people we met, the amazing view of Vestrahorn mountain and the floodable beach at Stokksnes, the abandoned Vikings village (yep, it was built for filming a movie, and it was never used), the rainbow streets and colorful houses, the quiet Forest Lagoon and the relaxing Sky Lagoon, celebrating our marriage anniversary (13th 🎉), watching the wild seals, and of course seeing the Northern Lights.
Iceland is as beautiful as I recalled it to be. The only differences were the increased number of tourists (compared to how it was in 2017) and that the temperature was more mellow this time (or I came better prepared this time). We got the amazing bonus of seeing the Northern Lights here too.
Days 1 & 2
Reykyavik, Hallgrímskirkja, Harpa, Skálmöld, Northern Lights
Days 3 & 4
Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Vik, Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara, Yoda Cave
Katla Geo Park, Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón, Ice Cave, Hofn, Northern Lights
Stokksnes, Vestrahorn, The Viking Village, Seydisfjordur
Days 7 & 8
Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Húsavík, Akureyri, Forest Lagoon
Days 9 & 10
Siglufjörður (Trapped was filmed there), Grafarkirkja (the turf church), Hvítserkur (the troll), Northern Lights, Hofstaðir, Snæfellsnes, Kirkjufellsfoss, Kirkjufell
Days 11 & 12
Kirkjufell, Ingjaldshólskirkja, Saxhóll Crater, Lóndrangar, Arnarstapi, Búðakirkja, Ytri Tunga Beach, Reykyavik, Sky Lagoon