I recently spent a month in Europe and had an amazing time. It was my first time in the Europe so I went to a lot of touristy places, but I first stopped in Iceland for a week before flying on to London (check out Icelandair and their stopover options). Iceland is a photographer's paradise, and I've dreamt of going there for years. Though it was absolutely freezing, the landscapes were absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything I'd ever seen-- I felt like I was on another planet!
A couple friends and I rented a car and drove around the southern half of the island. We were in the country for about five and a half days and managed to cover most of the Southern half of Iceland at a comfortable pace. We covered part of the Ring Road and also went to the Golden Circle, where we saw glaciers, waterfalls, and the coolest rock formations. The landscape was dotted with Icelandic horses (smaller, fluffier, sweeter versions of their Arabic counterparts) every couple of miles, and there were tons of random waterfalls on the sides of cliffs.
Some tips if you're planning on doing a roadtrip in Iceland:
- Be ready to eat a lot of gas station sandwiches. Like, a lot. (But they're tasty!) And a lot of lamb meat or lamb-based dairy.
- Dress warmly and in clothes that will keep you dry!
- If you plan on off-roading, make sure your vehicle is built for it. If it isn't, make sure your GPS doesn't take you on a non-existent, off-road route. :(
- Make sure you have a card (usually a debit card with a PIN) that will work at the many N1 gas stations that you'll be stopping at.
- Iceland tap water is very very clean and perfectly safe to drink! Don't worry about buying a ton of bottles, just get one big one and refill it throughout your trip.
- If you want to see something specific (Northern Lights, puffins, etc.), make sure you're going during the right time of the year, but is beautiful no matter when you go.
Some highlights of my trip....
All photos taken with iPhone 5s