Velkomin to Tom and Jana's 2014
Iceland Road Trip Journal!
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Of course, we didn't road trip TO Iceland, but we did drive from Knoxville to D.C., where we hopped a short 5 1/2-hour flight to the Land of Fire and Ice, then continued our journey by spending two weeks circumnavigating this spectacular country.
Jana and Tom at Jökulsárlón, South Iceland
September is shoulder season in Iceland, just outside of the concentrated tourist season that runs from mid June to late August. Prices are lower in September (though still hugely expensive), but the weather, never predictable, is even less so then. Oh, and speaking of unpredictable, our trip also fell in the midst of an ongoing fissure eruption in Holuhraun from the Bardarbunga volcano, an eruption we feared might close the airspace and cancel our flight. But to paraphrase someone on the Tripadvisor forum, “If you wait for good weather to visit Iceland, you'll never go,” so off we went...
Note: With the exception of photo captions and page titles, I'll be using the Anglophone spelling of place names throughout the journal, i.e., Bardarbunga as opposed to Bárðarbunga, because my keyboard just doesn't have all those funky letters!
September 07, 2014 Arrival, Reykjanes Peninsula, Reykjavík
September 08, 2014 Golden Circle, Hveragerði, Raufarhólshellir, Seljalandsfoss
September 09, 2014 Skógafoss, U.S. Navy Plane Wreck, Dyrhólaey/Reynisfjara, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
September 10, 2014 The Sandar, Svartifoss, Fjallsárlón, Jökulsárlón, Höfn
September 11, 2014 Eastfjords, Lake Lagarfljót, and the Highlands
September 12, 2014 Seyðisfjörður, Dettifoss, Tjörnes Peninsula, Goðafoss
September 13, 2014 Mývatn, Hverir, and Krafla
September 14, 2014 Northwest Iceland, Tröllaskagi Peninsula, Drangsnes
September 15, 2014 Rt. 645 Loop, Westfjords, Ísafjörður
September 16, 2014 Westfjords, Dynjandi, Borgarnes, Staðastaður
September 17, 2014 Snæfellsnes Peninsula / Snæfellsjökull National Park
September 18, 2014 Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Mosfellsbær
September 19, 2014 Leaving Iceland
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