All tagged Iceland

What to Pack for Summer Road Trip in Iceland

Packing stresses me out, and I don't do it until the last minute. Lists decrease my stress- and help me remember to bring my toothbrush. Here is a practical list of what you need for a week-long summer road trip in Iceland.

This list is for a summer road trip, but don't be fooled. Although the land is green and the sun is always out, it's still cold. The key to keeping warm is the art of layering - and removing layers before you get hot and sweaty.

Let me preface this list: I HATE being cold. This list was my attempt to stay warm. 

Where to Stay in Iceland

When you're planning a road trip, it's stressful deciding where to stay. You have to consider getting from point A --> B, drive time, and whether it's actually a place you'd like to spend the night. And for a foreigner, the long names of Icelandic cities doesn't make it any easier to make a plan.

Here is a sample itinerary with drive times and tips for your Icelandic road trip.

The Icelandic Horse Riding Experience

When in Iceland... you ride Icelandic horses.

So... is it worth it?

I went on the Saga Travels Skjaldarvík tour in Akuryeri. The company provides van ride from Akuryeri to the ranch and let you borrow a riding helmet. The owners of the ranch have 2 dogs that love being cuddled. They come along for the tour, making it (literally) a dog and pony show.

An Icelandic Plane Crash

40 years ago, a U.S. Navy plane crashed on the south coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone survived. This wreckage has been left in Solheimasandur's black sand beach. It a popular photography location, but is off the beaten path and can only be accessed by 4 x 4. Also, it is a pain in the butt to get to. 

The Search for Iceland's Best Coffee

The summer in Iceland makes you feel invincible. Because of the constant daylight, a foreigner (me) feels that 2 AM lattes are very appropriate.

A majority of the coffee shops tasted very similar. It was milder than the roasty kick I'm used to. It was solid (3.5/5). Often times, when I asked baristas about the roast or brightness, they would not know. Latte art wasn't much of a thing.

Coffee Snob Rule #1: Your barista should be able to talk coffee to you. 

Coffee Snob Rule #2: If your coffee tastes not as good as my Nespresso Pixie, I'm walking away.