Iceland has been on my travel wish list for many years now. My friend Annukka, who I met sailing in Antarctica, has been working in Iceland this summer so I decided it would be the perfect time to visit! Last week we met up in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, borrowed a little red car from a friend who was stuck in Greenland and couldn’t return to Iceland to come along for the trip, and hit the road. We drove to the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. The region is mountainous with winding, bumpy, dirt and gravel roads wrapping their way through fjords and over mountain passes. There were times when we didn’t think our little car could make it… we had to downshift into first or second gear to make it up any steep slopes, but…… we did it!
We drove all day, taking in the incredible landscapes, and camped out at night. At 66*N during the height of summer, there are less than 4 hours of darkness, so we could spend the full day exploring. We had no plans or itinerary– eventually we did acquire a map– so we just picked a new beautiful place to wild camp every night.
It was the best road trip I’ve ever taken.