Camping Iceland in 12 Days (Days 6 – 12)

Stunning scenery around every corner, friendly locals, and never-ending adventure…this is Camping Iceland part 2! The first blog was getting long so we split it into two parts. Before continuing, we just want to say…Iceland is a Beautiful Country!

Daily Cost

Gas: $50
Groceries: $27
Campground: $38

Day 6 – just east of Diamond Beach to Egilsstaðir

Itinerary: East Fjords & Hengifoss

Today was a long and scenic drive along the eastern fjords. Wish we had several extra days just to slow the pace and enjoy the towns. The eastern coastline is beautiful!

East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery
East Fjords Scenery

Hengifoss is the third highest waterfall in Iceland at 420 feet. It does require a bit of an uphill hike and you’ll pass a few waterfalls along the way.

Hengifoss
Hengifoss
Hengifoss
Hengifoss
Aimee at Hengifoss
Aimee at Hengifoss
Jim at Hengifoss
Jim at Hengifoss
Daily Cost

Myvatn Nature Bath: $100
Groceries: $28
Campground: $40

Day 7 – Egilsstaðir to Myvatn

Itinerary: Dettifoss, Námafjall Hverir, Grjótagjá & Myvatn Nature Baths

Dettifoss is another large and very powerful waterfall at 330 feet wide and has a 144 feet drop. Road 864 from the east is a 17 mile gravel road but fortunately it wasn’t a terribly bad road.

Road to Dettifoss
Road to Dettifoss
Dettifoss
Dettifoss
Looking Downstream
Looking Downstream
Dettifoss
Dettifoss
Námafjall Geothermal Area
Námafjall Geothermal Area

The Námafjall Geothermal Area, also known as Hverir, has lots of boiling mud pots and steaming fumaroles. The area reminds me of a small version of Yellowstone and the sulphur smells like egg.

Grjótagjá is a small cave near lake Mývatn and inside is a thermal hot spring. Due to its popularity, this is very easy to locate because they have signs and a parking lot. You park and walk 2 minutes and you are at the entrance. It’s a cool cave but because it’s easy to access there will be lots of people.

Grjótagjá
Grjótagjá
Grjótagjá
Grjótagjá

Myvatn Nature Bath is a man made lagoon with natural thermal water and minerals pumped into it. Myvatn Nature Bath gets a little over 100,000 annually and costs us $100 for two admissions. It is well worth it. We didn’t go to the Blue Lagoon but were told over 700,000 people visit it annually.

Myvatn Nature Bath
Myvatn Nature Bath
Myvatn Nature Bath
Happy to be here!
Black Sand in Pool
Black Sand in Pool
Myvatn Nature Bath
Myvatn Nature Bath

Our Campsite in Myvatn was right on the lake and was quiet and scenic.

Camping Iceland Myvatn
Camping Iceland Myvatn
Camping Iceland Dinner
Camping Dinner – Veggie Curry
Daily Cost

Gas: $100
Groceries: $26
Campground: $33

Day 8 – Myvatn to Húsavík

Itinerary: Hverfjall Crater, Ásbyrgi Canyon, Vesturdalur Valley & Húsavík

Hverfjall Crater is 1,300 feet high and a little over 1/2 a mile in diameter. It isn’t a difficult climb to the top and the hike around the rim provides fantastic views of Myvatn.

Hverfjall Crater
Hverfjall Crater
Hverfjall Crater View
Hverfjall Crater View
Hverfjall Crater View
Hverfjall Crater View
Hverfjall Crater View
Hverfjall Crater View
Ásbyrgi Canyon - Eyjan
Ásbyrgi Canyon – Eyjan

Ásbyrgi Canyon is a horseshoe-shaped canyon. We read that Viking settlers believed this depression to be a hoof print of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight legged horse from Norse mythology.

Vesturdalur Valley is an adventure waiting to happen. There are lots of hiking trails and the one we chose was V-3, the Hljóðaklettar Circle, which is almost a 2 mile loop. The scenery is fantastic which huge rock formations, basalt rocks, caves and great views. There is also a long hike from here to Dettifoss if you have the time. We were told this is a great hike that passes many waterfalls on the way to Dettifoss. Check out the Area Map.

Basalt Rocks
Basalt Rocks
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Kirkjan, the Church
Kirkjan, the Church
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Hljóðaklettar Circle
Parking Lot Restroom
Parking Lot Restroom
Hljóðaklettar Circle Colors
Hljóðaklettar Circle Colors
Húsavíkurkirkja Built in 1907
Húsavíkurkirkja Built in 1907

Húsavík is a scenic little town on the north coast offering lots of sightseeing tours.

Daily Cost

Húsavík Sundlaug: $14
Rub 23 Sushi: $60
Groceries: $30
Campground: Free

Day 9 – Húsavík to Hvammstangi

Itinerary: Goðafoss & Hvammstangi

Goðafoss
Goðafoss

Goðafoss, waterfall or the Gods, isn’t as large as others but it is definitely an impressive waterfall. It is nearly 100 feet tall.

Drive toward Hvammstangi

Posing Horse
Posing Horse
Ducks
Ducks
Typical Scenery
Typical Scenery
More Horses
More Horses
Camping Iceland Kirkjuhvamms-kirkja
Kirkjuhvamms-kirkja
Daily Cost

Groceries: $30
Campground: $30

Day 10 – Hvammstangi to Bjarteyjarsandur

Itinerary: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Cute Duck
Cute Duck
More Moss Covered Lava
More Moss Covered Lava
Scenic Formation
Scenic Formation
Puffin Viking Art
Puffin Viking Art
More Scenery
More Scenery
Budir Church
Budir Church
Glacier
Glacier
Statue of Bárður Snæfellsás
Statue of Bárður Snæfellsás
Daily Cost

Gas: $30
Groceries: $108
Campground: $60

Day 11 – Bjarteyjarsandur

Itinerary: Glymur Waterfall

Glymur Waterfall
Glymur Waterfall
Glymur Waterfall
Glymur Waterfall

Bjarteyjarsandur Farm is a working farm that offers camping and rooms in an old farmhouse. We happened to drive by and loved the view so we stopped by to camp. We decided to stay a second night in the farmhouse. This was a perfect place to end our vacation. We also got to enjoy the hot pot by the sea on a perfect clear night. Check out their website.

Bjarteyjarsandur Farm
Bjarteyjarsandur Farm
Hot Pot by the Sea
Hot Pot by the Sea
Daily Cost

Grindavík Sundlaug: $18
Gas: $30
Groceries: $15
Campground: $55

Day 12 – Bjarteyjarsandur to Keflavik

Itinerary: Reykjavík, Geothermal Footbath in Reykjavík & Explored Outside the Blue Lagoon

Reykjavík Church
Reykjavík Church
Reykjavík Grass Roofed Restaurant
Reykjavík Grass Roofed Restaurant

Geothermal Footbath – if you are in Reykjavík and have some free time you should find this footbath. It’s right on the ocean and overlooks the city and Mount Esja. It’s actually big enough for one person as we found out.

Geothermal Footbath in Reykjavík
Geothermal Footbath in Reykjavík
Geothermal Footbath in Reykjavík
Geothermal Footbath in Reykjavík

Blue Lagoon is 15 minutes from the Keflavik Airport and 45 minutes from Reykavik. We choose to soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths but wanted to go to the Blue Lagoon to see what we could see. Once you park, you can freely walk around the outside of the property and see lots of blue water flowing around the property. It is worth the walk but we couldn’t see inside the pay for pools.

Enjoying the Blue Water
Enjoying the Blue Water
Exterior of Blue Lagoon
Exterior of Blue Lagoon
Bird Enjoying Scenery
Bird Enjoying Scenery
Exterior of Blue Lagoon
Exterior of Blue Lagoon

Next Morning – Flight Home

Our trip is now over but what an incredible sightseeing trip it was. We meet such friendly and kind people, had some fun and interesting conversations, and experienced the beauty that is Iceland. As we fly back home, we realized we are really going to miss this place! Good news is we didn’t do everything on our list so we will visit again someday. And lastly, we just want to say…Wow is Iceland Beautiful!

Lessons Learned:

  • Discount Grocery Bónus isn’t open before 10a – check their website for hours
  • Gas – to purchase at a pump, your credit / debit card MUST have a PIN
  • Gas – without a PIN, you can purchase a pre-paid gas card in the station and they are easy to use but are unfortunately not re-usable
  • Speeding – don’t do it; speeding tickets are expensive and they use speed cameras; just follow the set limits and enjoy the view
  • Sheep – they often stand on the sides of the road and sheep are fast; slow down and don’t hit them
  • Rain Gear – carry it everywhere since rain can fall anytime
  • Roads – we had a small 2 wheel drive car and normal and gravel roads were fine; unless you have a 4 wheel drive stay off the F roads

If you'd like to read part 1, please read Camping Iceland in 12 Days (Day 1 - 5)

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