I first rode an Icelandic pony on a trip to Slovenia. It seemed like the right thing to do in actual Iceland.
There was one sunny patch in Iceland. The northwest.
Julie and I eventually escaped the rain and clouds on Snaefelsnes Peninsula and, after a reasonably short drive, found ourselves in a sunny (but windy) Hvammstangi, a coastal village on the Midfjordur (fjord) on Vatnsnes Peninsula. Hvammstangi is known for being a top seal watching place. We did not see any seals.
We did see an old church, which kept me amused for about 10 minutes. This church at Kirkjuhvammur (funny, ‘kirk’ means ‘church’ in Scots as well) was built in 1882 but there has been a church on the site since at least 1318. That’s a pretty long time.
I read about the Secret Lagoon in the Golden Circle on lots of blogs before my trip to Iceland so it’s definitely no secret anyone. But maybe nobody else is readying them (hello out there?) because it’s still a slice of peacefulness in what is the otherwise busy area of the Golden Circle.
The existence and location of the Secret Lagoon was confirmed by the lovely people at Skjol Camping (as well as a 10% discount for campers). Because the baths didn’t open until 11am, we had a lazy morning, watching the steam rising out of the ground at Geysir, like the steam rising over the cups of our tea and coffee.
Iceland is full of amazing places to explore, even in October, as winter sets in. The weather really dictated the course Julie and I travelled. The horrendous winds we faced (or body slammed) in Reykjavik were not buffeting the Golden Circle so we headed south east out of the city.
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is probably the most popular tourist route in Iceland. So, it’s busy but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. It’s got some great examples of what makes Iceland (literally) – waterfalls, volcanic action and hot water.
I love a campervan. Before I went to Iceland, I researched every company renting campervans (definitely not motorhomes) I could find. I quickly narrowed it down (mostly by price; it’s not a cheap country) and it was Go Iceland vs Happy Camper. With seemingly little to separate them, we went with Go Iceland, based purely on price. Here’s our review.