In September we took a trip to Iceland, it was a great experience and we can’t wait to go back when Emilie is older and I am not pregnant so we can explore so much more. Our first full day in Iceland we were anxious to go see the sights and also to stretch our legs after all that time traveling. We headed out to see some of Iceland’s most famous sights. We decided to start with the Great Geysir and Gullfoss.
The Great Geysir and Gulfoss waterfall were about 2 hours from where we were staying. On the way Emilie was in serious need of getting out of the car and running around. We noticed on the map there was a little park in the town on the next exit, so we decided to give it a try. This little town ended up being our favorite part of the trip. Hveragerði is located about 30 minutes east of Rekjavik and well worth a stop. Along with a beautiful little park and garden there is public art and a trail that leads you from the park to a beautiful little waterfall. You can also walk along the path to a bridge over a beautiful river. It was so quite there as well, we only saw one other group walking along. It was the perfect size for a toddler or small kid to run around and enjoy. We liked it so much we went back twice. On the second day we spent time walking up into the geyser area.
Our next stop was to visit The Great Geysir and Litli-Geysir. This area is much more touristy. There were tons of people. There is not much walking involved here its pretty much on the side of the road. It is very very cool to watch the Geysir go off. We found standing further back was the best way to get a really good view of the Geysir going off and get a good photo, you also stay dry, plenty of people up close ended up soaked. This was the only stop on our trip where we put Emilie in the Ergo carrier. Across the street from the Geysirs is a restaurant, souvenir store, and cafe. We opted for an ice cream treat, which was really amazing I highly recommend Icelandic ice cream.
The last planned stop on the day was the Gulfoss waterfall. Again this was a touristy and busy place to visit but really worth it. We didn’t stay too long because Emilie wanted to walk around and not everything is barred off. The landscape is just stunning in this area.
On our way home we made one last unplanned stop to see the horses. Emilie’s favorite part of the day. There are horses along the road everywhere. Its best to wait until you see areas that are okay to pull over and park instead of just pulling over on the side of the road. The place we happened to see had a little box where you could put money in and get some food to feed the horses.
The next day we just hadn’t had enough geysers and we wanted to check out some black sand beaches so we headed to Seltun Geothermal area what was around it. The Seltun park was much quieter and while there were no huge geysers going off it was amazing to walk though. The view was stunning and the mix of rock and geyser with the lush green mountain and tiny icy water fall traveling through the hot pools was incredible. I would HIGHLY recommend going here.
All of our geyser and waterfall adventures were accessible in September without a 4×4, but check the weather reports and your rental car insurance for sand and gravel issues. I would definitely suggest bringing a back up pair of clothes and lots of layers the weather changes rapidly and one minute you’re getting soaked with rain and the next minute the sun is out, we found it to be pretty windy as well. Good waterproof shoes are a must, Emilie’s sneakers were soaked by the end of the day. There are restaurants along the way to most places but we opted to bring lunch and snacks with us, standard practice where ever we go with Emilie. There is no admission fee to any of the places we visited.
For more information on the places we visited check out: www.inspiredbyiceland.com