Summer in Iceland

The best word to describe Iceland? Magical, definitely magical. I had been wanting to get to Iceland for a while now. It is even better than we imagined!  Five days wasn’t enough. However, with the short time we had, we were able to see quite a bit of the southern portion of the country! You can find our itinerary below.

Iceland wedding photographer

Because we went during the summer, the F-roads and the highlands were open. We rented a 4×4, and headed to Landmannalaugar straight from Keflavík International Airport. It was about a 4 hour drive. The roads weren’t bad if you drive slow and no river crossings weren’t required to get there. The landscapes are very interesting, often resembling Mars! Be sure to stop at the Sigoldufoss Waterfall as it’s right along 26. The water is a beautiful aqua color! Pulling in to the Landmannalaugar  parking lot, there’s a thermal bath just feet away. Past it, begins the trail through the lava fields. So cool! We hiked the Sudurnamur trail through the painted mountains overlooking the Brennisteinsalda volcano and lava fields. It was incredible! Probably our favorite sites we saw in Iceland!

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Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik
Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik

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Thingvellir National Park in the summer
Thingvellir National Park, a valley formed by  two continental plates drifting apart. It’s part of the very popular Golden Circle.

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Geysir Geothermal Field Iceland
Geysir Geothermal Field, Strokkur shoots up every 5-10 minutes

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Gullfoss Waterfall golden circle Iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall

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Keriðd Volcanic Crater Iceland
Keriðd Volcanic Crater


Sheep at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Iceland

After hitting the main spots of the Golden Circle, we headed south to Vik. Our first stop, Seljalandsfoss put on quite a show! With the wind and sunshine, rainbows were constantly forming, disappearing then reappearing in different ways! There’s an abundance of photos from this stop, it’s hard to narrow down!

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Gljúfrabúi Waterfall Iceland
Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is right next to Seljalandsfoss hidden inside a narrow opening in the cliff!

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Dyrhólaey Lighthouse Iceland
Sunrise at  Dyrhólaey Lighthouse

Sunrise at  Dyrhólaey Lighthouse

Dyrholaey Arch Iceland

Dyrholaey Arch. The puffins come to shore for a few weeks in the summer. Dyrholaey is a popular spot for them to nest. They are too cute!

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Sunrise overlooking Renisfjara Beach from Dyrholaey Arch Iceland
Sunrise over Reynisfjara Beach

Sólheimasandur beach plane wreck in Vik. Sort of a long boring walk to get to. We were happy to see that there’s a regular running bus which we caught to get back to our car.

Our cute Air B&B cabin on the black sand beach 🙂

Basalt columns and Halsanefshellir Cave at Reynisfjara Beach

Skógafoss just might be my favorite waterfall that we saw. So powerful!

The Fimmvörðuháls Trail starts at the top of the stairs at Skogafoss. It’s a 3 section trail that eventually ends in Thórsmörk. We just had time for a few hours hike, so we did the first leg of the trek following along the Skógá River. It leads you along some 26 waterfalls!

Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon


Ring Road Sites

Fjallsárlón Lagoon

The ever changing, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Diamond Beach

Disappointing to see the clouds hovering over the top of the Vestahorn mountain range. It was still a beautiful site with whales in the distance and a fun vikings village movie set to explore!


Day 1 – Reykjavik Hotel: Landmannaguar

         2 – Reykjavik Hotel: Golden Circle:  Thingvellir National Park, Great Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall

         3 – Vik Air B&B: Keriðd Crater, Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi Waterfall, Reynisfjara Beach

         4 – Kirkjubæjarklaustur Air B&B: Dyrhólaey Lighthouse, Plane Crash, Skógafoss, Fimmvörðuháls Trail, Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon

         5 – Kirkjubæjarklaustur Air B&B: Svartifoss Waterfall, Fjallsárlón Lagoon, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Vestahorn


Rental Car: Lagoon Car Rental

Reykjavik Hotel: City Park Hotel

Vik Air B&B

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Air B&B




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