The Land of Fire and Ice
We partnered with Viking Campers via Airbnb on a recent trip to Iceland. We boarded an overnight flight, landing in Keflavík shortly after 5am and immediately picked up our campervan. Our first stop was the Bonus grocery store which hadn't opened yet so we took a much-needed nap in their parking lot.
Skogafoss was our first stop and people weren't kidding—it's riddled with tourists. The hike to the top was a challenge but worth the workout. Snapped a couple photos and upon reflection we realized that standing on the edge was questionable at best. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Afterward, we made our way to Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland and found a place to camp for a couple nights.
We were thrilled to visit the infamous plane wreckage at Sólheimasandur (black sand beach.) Shoutout to Matthew Karsten for his detailed blog post on how to get there. It was 8 km there and back, but it was surprisingly tough since the wind and rain were merciless that day. For that reason, we had the plane to ourselves for a solid half hour. T
Another stop included the Sólheimajökull glacier, which sticks out of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier (the one covering Katla!) Since it was still summer in late August, we saw very few snow-covered glaciers so when we first saw Sólheimajökull, it was particularly appealing. The icy blue glaciers juxtaposed with the black sand and lush green moss were so dreamy.
We headed back to our campsite in front of a cute waterfall in Vík, but not before we totally cheated by stopping at a restaurant for dinner. The next day, we headed back west to Reykjavik to spend the night at an awesome apartment called Room With A View. On the way, we were able to get close to a beautiful Icelandic horse. We were separated by a ditch but this gentle giant was happy to pose.