Pingvellir – ‘Golden Circle’

Today we drove to Pingvellir our third stop of the ‘golden circle. The weather was just amazing and the landscape was of astonishing beauty. But see for yourself the pictures below.

In the evening we arrived at our AirBnB. The room was pretty small and had no window but nevertheless is was pretty cosy. The other guests from France and Indonesia were very nice and we had a great time. At night we got up again and again to see if there are any northern light at the sky. But this night we weren’t lucky!

Reykjavik and the ‘Golden Circle’

The next morning, we had breakfast together and then we left for the ‘golden circle’. We didn’t get very fast because we had to stop at the Viking ship with a view on mount Esja. But then it was time to leave Reykjavik towards the ‘golden circle’.

 

Geyser Strokkur

Our first stop of the ‘golden circle’ was the geyser Strokkur. On the way we had to drove through a snow storm. It was unbelievable how much it snowed and everything around us was just white. This made it quite difficult to drive because it was hard to see the road and on top of the Icelander were still overtaking us. But after some time we arrived at the geyser and also the weather turned better. It was crazy how the water shouts out of the ground. Around the geyser the ground is completely and it is therefore advisable to buy some spikes (also for other attractions). I thought in the beginning that it was unnecessary but after I fell and destroyed my tripod, we bought some as well. The next step for the day was the waterfall Gullfoss.

 

Gullfoss and northern lights

The Gullfoss was our second stop of the ‘golden circle’. The Gullfoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever seen. It is really impressive how the water falls into a deep canyon. Afterwards we had to quite a drive ahead of us to our hotel. In the evening we went outside to see the northern light again. This time the northern lights were much stronger than the night before and they were all over the place. This was really one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

Arrival in Reykjavik

From Copenhagen we flew to Reykjavik. The flight was pretty late at night, so it was already getting dark outside, which was pretty lucky for us. Just before Reykjavik we saw a white shimmer at the horizon – northern lights! And we have not landed in Reykjavik yet. But the northern lights were pretty weak, we only could see the popular green of the northern lights on our camera due to long exposure. After a three-hour flight we landed in Reykjavik. We were picked up at the airport from the car rental agency and then drove to their office, which was only a five-minute drive away.

 

What car for a winter trip to Iceland?

We decided to rent a Suzuki Jimny. We rented it already before the trip to save some money. We decided to rent a Suzuki Jimny because we could not find any helpful information on the internet about which is the best car for a winter trip on Iceland. The Suzuki Jimny was the cheapest 4×4 and with a 4×4 we should be safe even if the weather turns bad, which turned out to be the case. With the car we could easily drive through a snow storm on the second day but almost for the rest of the week we were really lucky with the weather and the road conditions of the main road were really good. It would have been possible to drive with a normal car as well but we would definitely recommend to rent a 4×4 to be prepared for bad weather conditions.

 

Reykjavik

From the car rental service, it was a 45-minute drive to Reykjavik. We had to stop on the way because we saw again a shimmer at the sky. This time the shimmer was stronger than the one we saw from the plane. Again northern lights! This time we could also see the green of the northern lights with the naked eye and even how they “jump” on the sky. How lucky that we saw the northern lights on the first day. Later that night we arrived at our friend Matthias’ place, where we stayed the night.