Hverir Geothermal Area (bubbling mud and steam vents)
Dettifoss waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park
Northern Lights sighting near the town of Vik on Iceland’s eastern coast.
Notable Locations Shown Day 2
Diamond Beach / Jökulsárlón Beach
Random, unnamed (from what we could tell) waterfall that we spotted from the road.
Hiking in the Skaftafell wilderness area, within Vatnajökull National Park.
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (or as Sara and Ashley call it, “Sweet-ass Mossy Canyon”)
Lasagna at Primo Ristorante
Downtown Reykjavik and Laugavegur street.
Lebowski Bar for a beer and the notorius Coco-puff cocktail.
Notable Locations Shown Day 3
Blue Lagoon Hot Spring
Some final hot dogs at a cool little hot dog and ice cream stand called Skýlið on the way back to Keflavik airport. It kind reminded me of a Dairy Queen back in the states.
It should be pointed out that this is certainly not the ideal way to do a Iceland Ring Road trip, or to see Iceland in general. But life is unpredictable, and this is the experience we had. This video should not be seen as an endorsement of trying to see such a vast and unique place in such a short time-frame.
Beyond the obvious sightseeing reasons for avoiding such a tight schedule, there is the even more important factor of SAFETY. The wrong combination of unfortunate weather, the wrong vehicle choice, and a simple mistake could make for a very uncomfortable or unsafe situation. Weather in Iceland can change on a dime, and winter conditions can make those changes even more extreme. In our case we had the right combination of events occur to allow us to safely complete our Ring Road experience. However, things could have gone completely differently. We were willing to keep an open mind and had several contingency plans.
There is a very real chance on a schedule this tight that you could end up missing your return flight home. While that would be terrible, it is a far better alternative than taking unacceptable risks and getting yourself or others hurt. Please be safe and realistic when planning your own adventures!
Handy Links and Resources for those planning their own Iceland camper van adventure
I’m not sure if they make the actual Camp brand snow shovel seen in this video anymore. That’s why I linked the other brand above which looks similar and appears to have solid reviews. But I did find a new plastic version by Camp that weighs in at only 9 oz. I’m sure it’s not nearly as resilient though, as the blade is made of polypropylene, as opposed to a coated aluminum.
Discussion of various Hiking, Camping & Backpacking tips / topics. I guess it’s kind of like a low budget Backpacking Podcast using viewer mail and comments to pick the talking points. Or something like that.
Haunted by the need to Camp in an Abandoned Place, Mike and I decide do a Backpacking Trip to the Abandoned Lyndonville Radar Station in the Remote Woods of northern Vermont.
Lyndonville AFS, also known as the North Concord Air Force Station, was a cold war era radar base that functioned as a ground control intercept and warning station from 1956 to 1963. Built as a defensive measure against the ever growing threat of a Soviet nuclear attack, it’s mission was to provide the Strategic air Command with 24/7 data on aircraft approaching the eastern US. Roughly 25 miles from the Canadian border, near the town of East Haven, Vermont, it’s location was chosen due to it’s far northeast orientation, under the assumption that this would be a likely attack vector for soviet nuclear bombers attacking major metropolitan areas on the east cost, including the US capitol itself.
Today the base sits abandoned on the remote ridge of East Mountain, with all of it’s radar towers still standing as a reminder of the post WWII escalation that almost brought the world to it’s end. On the upside, the views are fantastic.