Iceland - Addabbo Photo

No doubt inspired by a steady stream of social media content from tourists filling the cheap seats on Icelandair and exploring this starkly beautiful country via campervan, Hannah and I made an impulse decision to head off on our own adventure to this little, no longer forgotten, island nation.

Over 10 days from May 3rd-13th, 2017, we traveled the Ring Road around Iceland via campervan from GoCamper, with a day in Reykjavik on either end.   Bouncing from waterfalls to hotsprings and mountaintops to coastlines we found ourselves surrounded by constant beauty and amidst friendly and welcoming locals.

In the end we found the trip better than advertised and certainly one we will never forget.

MAP AND PHOTOS DOWN HERE!

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  • PDX!

  • Iceland Air direct flight from PDX to Reykjavik!

  • Watching the sunset over the North Pole enroute to Iceland.

  • Viking inspired sculpture in Reykjavik.

  • Iceland craft beer. Delicious, yet surprisingly expensive (read: $15 usd each!)

  • Seljalandsfoss

    The first of many "foss" on the trip, just an hour or so east of Reykjavik.

  • behind the foss!!

  • Our styled Renault campervan from GoCampers.

  • Seljavellir

    The first "hotpot" in Iceland, now a warm pool with an epic backdrop.

  • Impossible to capture impressive gorge just a short hike up and above Seljavellir

  • Skogafoss

    Another foss, pouring into a rainbow pool.

  • Vatnajökull

    Approaching Vatnajökull the largest glacier in Europe at Skaftafell National Park.

  • Jokulsarlon

    Recently flipped icebergs in the Glacial Lagoon "Jokulsarlon."

  • Eider Duck

    Famous for their down feathers, historically, the presence of Eider Ducks on your property increases your land value in Iceland.

  • Arctic Terns

    A small flock of Arctic Terns, the Earth's most well traveled bird, migrating each year from Antarctica to Iceland and back.

  • Pay the money for the boat tour and you get to hold, and taste, a piece of Iceland.

  • Flaajokull

    Another arm of the Vatnajökull glacier, approached from a dirt road off of Route 1.

  • Feeling small...

  • Eastfjords

    Though only early May the sun set around 11pm each evening. This night we drove into the 4 hour long sunset while traversing the Eastfjords.

  • Bakkagerdi

    Heading to the far northeastern corner of Iceland in search of Puffins!

  • Atlantic Puffins

    Curious pelagic birds that only spend time on land during nesting season. Atlantic Puffins typically mate for life and return to the same nest each summer after overwintering solitary in the mid to north Atlantic Ocean.

  • Geldingafjall

    Short hike to a 634m summit just off road 94 on the way in/out of Bakkagerdi. Straddling two fjourds, this ridge climbed above the clouds which socked in the fjourd to the East, yet hadn't touched the one to the West.

The end!

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