Iceland A tale of nature & freedom in the beautiful North

The country discovered by the first Viking settlers in the late 9th century A.D. was a terra incognita, a virgin land. Seafaring Celtic monks may have reached Iceland ahead of the Norsemen but the material evidence for this is equivocal. In any case, these hermits sought solitude rather than a new land to claim and colonise.

Day 1 - Munich to Reykjavík

SONY DSC
We cruise the island on the famous "Þjóðvegur 1" in a circle from West to South to East to North

First impressions

hætta! hot & Stinky - sulfur springs
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
This picture was taken 10:30 PM

Day 2 - Reykjavík - Flúðir

Gullfoss, Þingvellir and the Geysir - The Golden Circle

Laugarvatn Fontana - Geothermal Baths

natural pools & steam rooms with a cool-down in the nearby lake

Gullfoss - "Golden Falls" - The tallest Waterfall in Iceland
The first named Geyser - the great Geysir of Iceland

Day 3 - Flúðir, Syðra Langholt

Vanessa & Simon on the Saga Trail of Iceland

Most of the first Icelandic settlers worshipped the pagan pantheon of gods and goddesses: Þór, Óðinn, Freyr, Freyja and others.

SONY DSC

Day 4 - Flúðir - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Dyrhólaey Lighthouse - Great view on the black beach

What's not quite captured in the pictures, it was the rainiest and windiest day yet. Up on the hill we even lost our camera lid. It was literally blown away.

Day 5 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður - The largest National Park in Iceland

SONY DSC
SONY DSC
It's not always rainy in Iceland
countless waterfalls and every one of them is different

Day 6 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Hoffell

Glacier hike on the Vatnajökul in Skaftafell

The Largest glacier in europe
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Jökulsárlón - The glacier lagoon

Iceberg, right ahead!
Höfn Harbour

Day 7 - Hoffell - Egilsstaðir

Höfn - our favourite town so far

Fishermen & Fishing industry exhibition in Höfn. Impressions from an earlier century

Öxi pass - our shortcut to Egilsstaðir

SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Day 8 - Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir is the largest "town" in the East of Iceland with around 2300 inhabitants.

Hiking in the East of Iceland

What a hike! Believed an easygoing 2-hour-walk, it ended up being an intense 5-hour-climbing experience.

Ancient cloister of the Augustiner Monks from around 1500

The House of Gunnar Gunnarsson

Day 9 - Egilsstaðir - Mývatn

Heritage Museum, Puffins & Midnight Sun

Our longest and most varied day so far.

Heritage Museum, Egilsstaðir

Seyðisfjörður

the only harbour to transfer cars from Denmark to Iceland via ferry

SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
Seems like this funky town is the place to be for creatives.

Hafnarhólmi Island, Borgarfjarðarhöfn

Puffin, Fulmar, Kittiwake and Common Eider.

Atlantic puffin

Meet the Puffins...

Who puffed?

Midnight Sun

when you can see sun and moon at the same time

The Sun
The moon

DAY 10 - Mývatn

Most beautiful weather in and around Mývatn. In some pictures you may question if we are really in Iceland...

Day 11 - Lake Mývatn & Húsavík

Harbour in Húsavík

Bike & Bath in and around Reykjahlíð

Riding the fat bike, we were further discovering the scenic landscape of the East. Our guide showed us many fascinating spots on our way to the nature baths. We got introduced to a natural steam cave and natural steam holes. Before diving into the perfectly warm bath we tried bread in a bucket (that is baked in the steam holes :)) with butter and smoked trout.

SONY DSC
SONY DSC
Mývatn Nature Baths

Day 12 - Mývatn - Varmahlíð Bakkaflöt

Akureyri - 4th largest city in Iceland

Port of Akureyri

Hjalteyri

DAY 13 - Bakkaflöt - Stóra-Ásgeirsá

Rafting on a glacier river

DCIM\100GOPRO
DCIM\100GOPRO
DCIM\100GOPRO
DCIM\100GOPRO

Skagaströnd - break & trampoline

SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Day 14 - Stóra-Ásgeirsá - Grundarfjörður

The Farm of Stóra-Ásgeirsá

Peninsula Vatnses - Borgarvirki, Hvítserkur

The Heiðarvíga saga tells of Barður Guðmundarsson and his quarrel with the Borg Fridingen. He is credited with the construction of the Borgarvirki.

According to an Icelandic Saga, the rock is a Troll, which was petrified by the sun when he cast stones with the Þingyrar monastery.

SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Day 15 - Grundarfjörður - Borgarnes

Djúpalónssandur - the Black Lava Pearl Beach

The remains of a british ship around 1948
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Ytri Tunga Beach

SONY DSC

Day 16 - Borgarnes - Reykjavík

Cave Víðgelmir - Iceland ́s largest and most spectacular Cave

DCIM\102GOPRO
DCIM\102GOPRO

Hraunfossar & Barnafossar

SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Back in Reykjavík

We did it! We surrounded Iceland in about 16 days. More then 2500km are behind us with so many great and interesting experiences. Iceland is a real beauty in the North with it's rich nature and it's diverse landscape.

Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík

Day 17 - Independence day in Reykjavík

Sea Angling

Walking through Reykjavík

Day 18 - Reykjavík - Munich

Harpa - Tónlistar- og ráðstefnuhúsið

Reykjavík Street Art

Hallgrímskirkja

How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes

Now it is official, WE ARE ICELANDIC!

New Nordic Cuisine - Islandic Food

New Nordic Cuisine has been used to promote local, natural and seasonal produce as a basis for new dishes. Both in restaurants and homes.

Fun pics

Created By
Simon Vieracker
Appreciate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.