Our 12th anniversary trip to Iceland - Part II
We celebrated our 12th anniversary in what had been my dream destination for a long time - Iceland! We spent 10 days driving along the Ring Road in a campervan, exploring the various unique landscapes of Iceland and staying in some amazing campgrounds across the country. For our itinerary of the first 5 days of the trip and my husband's birthday celebrations, click here. This post is about our next 5 days and our anniversary celebrations.
We reached the tiny fishing town of Siglufjörður the night before and settled in the campground that is in the outskirts. Set in a lush green valley surrounded by snow capped mountains on one side and ocean on the other, this lovely campground offered a very secluded yet a warm and fuzzy feel. The town itself is pretty and we spent an entire day here, lost in the beauty of the mountains while bathing in delicious sunshine. We found a homely coffee shop in town, which my husband loved. We sauntered in the town and then I settled down next to the harbor, listening to music and staring at the beautiful lush green snow capped mountains in front of me. Such a lovely picture perfect setting - the kind you would dream about and/or read about in romantic novels! It is one of those days when you are having such a good time just doing nothing! Simply basking in delicious sunshine, listening to my favorite music, reminiscing my favorite moments, while sitting in one of the most scenic spots in a country known for its scenic beauty - what a bliss!
This was the only day during our 10 day trip in the Icelandic summer, where the weather was warm enough to pull this jumper off :)
We probably could have spent the entire day admiring the stunning beauty of this place, but we have a long drive (5+ hours) in front of us to reach our next destination, Olafsvik Campground. So we pulled ourselves away from here and began our onward journey. We stopped in another fishing town, Stykkishólmur, and had their famous 'Fish & Chips' from a food truck by the harbor and reached the campground late at night.
It was pouring when we woke up the next morning. It was super cold and foggy and it pretty much remained that way the entire day. We were glad our campground had an indoor kitchen and dining room, where we could spend some time in the morning and make breakfast. We then drove several miles in search of a good coffee shop. We found one next to Hellnar Arch, which had a lovely outdoor seating but we had to squeeze indoors due to the freezing cold. We had coffee and Skyr cake here, which my husband loved.
I wanted to do the coastal hike from Hellnar Arch to Arnarstapi, which seemed pretty. But my husband wasn't feeling well, so we turned back after a while.
We then headed to Snæfellsjökull National Park and briefly stopped at Arnarstapi on the way. One of the key attractions in this area is the Snæfellsjökull, which is a glacier-capped volcano found on the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in west Iceland. It was quite foggy and the visibility dropped further as we drove uphill. Through the fog, and maybe because of it, the moss-filled volcanic landscape felt other-worldly - as if we briefly stepped into paradise! But when our GPS said we arrived at the glacier, all we could see was thick clouds and fog. We could be standing on the glacier itself, and we wouldn't have known. It was very windy too, but I braved outside the car, cutting through the fog, trying to locate the massive glacier :) The fog cleared for a few seconds and I managed to see a tiny bit of it but my husband thought he had lost me by then, so I came running back to assure him that I was still alive and thriving :) I could tell it's a beautiful area that we would have quite enjoyed on a clear day but on that day, we had to run quickly towards safety.
Our next stop was at Kirkjufellsfoss - which is a photographic hotspot with views of a waterfall & distinctly shaped iconic mountain called Mt. Kirkjufell.