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Iceland

Curious what backpackers do in Iceland? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • In 2014 I bought a new VW Caddy Maxi panel van and with the help of my father turned it into a tiny motor-home. It is outfitted with a comfortable - if narrow - bed that doubles as a storage chest, a drawer unit with a tiny sink, and a shelf that holds a tiny refrigerator. One of the compartments in the bed can be opened from the side and holds a small portable toilet that can be pulled out for use. I also have a portable gas cooker and water tanks. The only creature comfort that's missing is a shower.

    Here is the car on my very first overnight trip: in Grundarfjörður, near the famous Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland.
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  • Það hefur staðið til að fara í þetta ferðalag síðan ég eignaðist ferðabílinn minn í nóvember 2014, eða öllu heldur frá því að innréttingum á honum lauk.

    Bíllinn sem um ræðir er Volkswagen Caddy Maxi skutla sem við pabbi innréttuðum veturinn 2014-15. Í honum eru öll helstu þægindi önnur en heitt rennandi vatn og sturta. Þó að það sé ekki hægt að standa uppréttur þar inni er hann mjög þægilegur og mætti eiginlega segja að þetta sé lokrekkja á hjólum. Ég fjallaði um innréttinguna og fyrstu ferðalögin á blog.is: http://brenninetla.blog.is/blog/blablabla/category/3530/

    Ég æfðist í að ferðast á honum sumarið 2015, þegar ég var á ferðinni meira og minna allt sumarið. Sumarið 2016 svaf ég bara einu sinni í honum, enda fór megnið af sumrinu í 3 vikna ferð til Bandaríkjanna og mánarardvöl á Heilsustofnun Náttúrulækningafélagsins í Hveragerði.

    En sem sagt: ég hef verið að hugsa um svona ferð frá því að ég svaf fyrstu nóttina í bílnum, í frosti og næðingi á Grundarfirði vorið 2015.
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  • Ég er þannig að tilhlökkunin er hluti af ferðalaginu. Hún drífur mig áfram við gerð ferðaáætlunar og færir mér vellíðan þegar ég hugsa um það sem fram undan er. Nú er tilhlökkunin í tengslum við ferðalagið hins vegar að snúast upp í andstæðu sína.

    Mér líður alls ekki vel að vita að það er eitthvað að angra blessaðan bílinn minn. Þegar hann er orðinn heitur í akstri sýnir hann villuljós sem er kallað glóðarkertaljós, en getur staðið fyrir meira en tug af mismunandi og mis-alvarlegum vandamálum. Mig langar mjög lítið að sitja á biluðum bíl einhvers staðar úti í sveit í Danmörku, hvað þá á hraðbraut í Þýskalandi. Ég er búin að hafa samband við Heklu (aftur) og vonast til að þeir geti komið bílnum að í skoðun sem allra fyrst.

    Þangað til þarf ég að finna leið til að takast á við ferðakvíðann sem er að hellast yfir mig.
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  • After a failed attempt at driving to Bláfjöll for skiing (including an hour of digging out our beached car) we headed into the centre of Reykjavík for some lunch. We wandered up to the harbour to see the architecture of the Harpa concert hall (a photographers dream) then perused through winding shopping streets and between beautiful houses. The artwork and graffiti here is beautiful.
    After picking up a super cosy Icelandic jumper from the Nordic store we headed out to meet a friend at Laugardalslaug baths. A geothermal outdoor pool, flanked by small circular hot pools - choose your temperature, whether you want salt water or jets, and soak away under the stars.Read more

  • Today began with a lazy morning before rolling into the centre of town for brunch at Bergsson Mathús (great soup and the salads looked awesome too).
    We then headed over to see our friends for Circus Íslands and join them for a few hours of training before heading north to Snaefellsjoekull to see a show. We passed through Borgarnes and stopped off at the Settlement Centre for a huge bowl of fish soup and fresh bread served with whipped butter and black salt.Read more

  • We went along worth our friends from circus Islands to a small hostel called The Freezer in Rif on the Snaefellsjoekull Peninsula to watch a show one of their friends was in. The hostel was awesome, really quirky common room and a fairly sized barn with a stage in. We watched Lucas Rastoll the clown premiere his show 'Champagne' that he'd been working on during his 4 month residency there. It was awesome 😂The three hour drive back to Reykjavík through shadows of snow capped mountains was surreal but awesome.Read more

  • After a brief ice-cream and coffee break at Efsti-Dalur farm (amazing icecream and the cafe looks out onto the cow sheds!) we headed to Geysir! We could see the puffs of steam on the horizon as we approached. Despite all of the signs warning you, its still so tempting to want to see just how hot the little pools of water are on the approach to Strokkur. We joined everyone else gathering round Strokkur, cameras poised. Turns out we were perfectly placed for a good soaking!! Throughly soggy, smelling slightly of egg but with huge smiles on our faces we were back in the car ready for the next amazing thing!Read more

  • We had a few different route choices for the loop back home and decided to head tot he third waterfall of the day, Faxi. After seeing Gullfoss with hundreds of other tourists, pulling off the road to see Faxi couldn't have been any more different - we were almost on our own next to a beautiful wide waterfall. You could clamber up to the top of the waterfall and (as Scott did) dangle your feet in it! This waterfall flowed on the river Tungufljót, which is fed by glaciers and other streams from the highlands of the interior of Iceland. The word 'fax' means mane, so I'd imagine somehow this waterfall reminded someone of a horse's mane, which wouldn't be surprising since Icelandic horses are one of the quintessential icons of Iceland.Read more

  • After a really good sleep and stocking up on snacks we began our ring road adventure around the south of Iceland. Once again we were blessed with amazing weather and incredible landscapes. We set off south from Reykjavik, passing through Hveragerði (with its geothermic spurts of steam that you can see from the road) and Selfoss before reaching the first waterfall of the day.

You might also know this place by the following names:

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