Day 8 (Snæfellsnes peninsula) – Our Ring Road trip around Iceland in a camper van
Day 8: Kirkjufell – Ólafsvík – Lóndrangar – Arnarstapi – Reykjavik
Kind of hard to believe that I am finally at the end of our adventure. I mean there is still a day in Reykjavik to go but Day 8 is the day when we finally drove our last kilometers in Iceland. On the last day we decided to drive around Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
I know I said it last time but by this point we were pretty tired and felt like ‘we’ve seen it all’, which, I am fully aware, is pretty embarrassing considering we were in one of the most beautiful places in the world, nevertheless that explains why there were barely any photos taken (and we actually looked at one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes peninsula from the car and didn’t even bother walking up to it…). In our defence, we filmed a bit while driving and Calum is still in the process of putting a little movie together. I will share it here when it’s done.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is situated in the western part of Iceland and been called ‘Iceland in miniature’ because many national sights can be found in the area. Our first stop was famous Kirkjufell mountain. Famous because it was featured in Games of Thrones, but it is absolutely spectacular and definitely a worthy stop.
After driving for a bit we stopped at Ólafsvík which is a small town in Iceland. We walked around for a bit, there is a really cool church and a waterfall but our highlight was the bakery! Icelandic pastries are something truly special – some of them are huge (I mean, bigger than my face and I have a big face). Sadly we didn’t take any photos, but trust me – they were great.
Our next stop was completely random, as we only pulled over because we saw a few tourists in a distance. That was a great decision as we ended up visiting Lóndrangar rock formations, which surprise – surprise was insane!
And just like that Arnarstapi was our last stop on our epic road trip! Arnarstapi is a very picturesque village and it is very touristy, so there are a few hotels, camping grounds and restaurants. We had hot chocolates and a side of chips (french fries) – first chips in over a week, in a lovely cafe right in the middle of the village and wondered around for a bit admiring yet more cliffs and mainly enjoying beautiful weather.
On our drive back to Reykjavik we stopped to wash the camper (which was free at a petrol station!! and surprisingly fun) and arrived at our Airbnb around 5pm to have probably the best shower ever. Our lava camper got picked up at 6pm which actually was a bit emotional, we both ended up loving our little home, but that officially marked the end of our epic adventure.
We spent another 24 hours in Reykjavik before flying back to London, but I will tell you more about it in a bit.
Breakdown of our Icelandic road trip day by day:
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