I was on a solo Eurotrip in June 2013. The most closest encounter with nature happened in Iceland. Since I was traveling alone and didn’t get much time to research about this beautiful island, I just planned a three days trip there.
I landed at Keflavik airport on 11th June and took a bus for the iceland’s capital Reykjavik pronounced as Reykyavik which is 45 kilometres from the airport. You get regular bus services from the airport. I noticed two services, and opted for the one which would drop me right at the door of the hotel and the other one just drops to the main Bus terminal at Reykjavik. The one I chose was “Iceland Excursions” and the bus also had wifi. I rented a Renault Megane for 3 days and planed my trip ahead.
After walking for 2 hours in the city and enjoying the very modern architectureI started my journey for the Golden circle. The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route in South Iceland, covering about 300 km looping from Reykjavík into central Iceland and back. My three primary stops on the route are the national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning “golden falls”), and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir andStrokkur.
This was the most amazing day of my whole life. I was going to witness tall waterfalls, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and ICEBERGS.
I started my drive at 9 am and the total drive for the day was to be 450 kilometres, this same road also does the whole circle of the island and is known as ring road / highway 1.
My first major stop was a waterfall known as Seljalandsfoss.This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall.
Next to this was another Giant waterfall known as Skógafoss. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft).
My next stop was a village called Vik. Its famous for the beach where the color of the sand is black, which actually is black basalt came out of the volcanoes.
Next the plan was to stop at Jokulsarlon directly otherwise I’d have got tired and couldn’t enjoy the sights that Jokulsarlon had to offer me. There came many beautiful places on the way, I stopped for seconds took pictures and kept moving.
The landscape changed every 15 minutes of drive. There came places with mountains, fields with icelandic horses running, small waterfalls, big waterfalls, huge landscapes with black fields formed of ash, rivers and sights of the biggest glacier in Europe i.e Vatnajokul.
Every sight was unbelievable and because I was driving alone sometimes I really felt that its a dream and I used to stop the car and get out to make myself realize that the sight front of me is real.
I reached Jokulsarlon at 9 pm , right after 12 hours from the start of the journey and all the pain and the tiredness was gone with just the one view of all the drama that was in front of me.
There was a huge lake with giant floating pieces of icebergs and a vast backdrop of the glacier with sun throwing out dramatic light through the scattered clouds. The hotel itself was at a great location with views of glacier, sea and mountains.
Day three was just a back journey to the base and was an emotional day,i stopped at the lagoon for a while and saw the icebergs again and taking another stop at skogafoss i returned Reykjavik at 6:30 in the evening.
Its very expensive to reach Iceland from India but the sights it offer to a nature lover makes all the cost worth it. So sell your home, gold jewelry, your lands or do anything but do visit Iceland before you die.