Hi peeps! We are Kaat and Caroline, two interns at GJ-Travel. We got the opportunity to go on The Guided Iceland Circle, one of the bestselling tours operated by GJ-Travel. As interns we already know what happens behind the scenes, so it was great to experience this tour as travelers. Below you can read about our top 5 destinations during our Guided Iceland Circle tour.
Lake Mývatn is a big lake where we could observe a lot of birds (and insects). We walked through a forest with a beautiful view of the lake. Game of Thrones has shot some footage here. During their shooting, they had to set up a snowstorm, but they didn’t have to use fake snow because a real snowstorm occurred on the exact time. We also bathed in the Natural Baths or Mývatn. We prefer Mývatn Nature Baths over the Blue Lagoon. In Mývatn, the view over the lake, the mountains and volcano craters is magnificent!
Then we could try to look for small creations at Dimmuborgir, kinds of troll’s formations in the rock. We then saw natural hot springs of Námaskarð, with hot vapor coming out of the ground. It was beautiful, smoky, mountains, ochre-colored rocks: the perfect combo! The only drawback is that it smells like sulfur.
We really felt like we were the only tourists in the east fjords of Iceland. The roads were deserted and the landscapes were peaceful. In the fjord of Borgarfjörður Eystri, we saw many puffins from up close. We stayed overnight at Álfheimar; a hotel situated in this small fishing village. Arngrímur, the host, was really friendly and cooked the most wonderful meal for us. He even sat with us at the table, it created such a familial and authentic atmosphere.
We visited Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall situated in the South Coast of Iceland. Seljalandfoss is not the highest waterfall nor is it the greatest in volume of water, but it is spectacular. The main attraction of this waterfall is the fact that you can walk behind it and see it from the back. Come prepared with waterproofs as there is a lot of spray. We think it is a great spot for taking pictures!
We arrived in the city of Akureyri in the evening. After checking-in, we did a nice city walk through the botanical garden, the city center and the harbor. Akureyri is known for its whale watching tours in the fjord of Eyjafjörður. This is the longest fjord of Iceland. The next morning, we went on the local pool, to enjoy the sunny weather. Here in Iceland going to the pool is like going to the bar – some Icelanders go there every day before work or during their lunch break.
The Glacier Lagoon is located along the Ring Road. Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland. On the amphibian boat tour we saw a lot of seals and tasted 1000 year old ice! The diamond beach is close to this lagoon and you can find many little and bigger iceberg stranded on the black sand.