Iceland: The Details

My family and I recently traveled in Iceland! It is traditional for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to do a COS, or Close of Service, trip after they have completed their service. For some volunteers, this might be a several months trip, for others it might be a couple of days, and of course there are volunteers who choose to go straight home or to their next location. My parents were interested in meeting me somewhere and traveling together and after debating several options, we finally settled on Iceland. My brother also joined us, and we had a great time!

We had about 6 full days in Iceland, and started our trip driving and staying along the Golden Circle. We then drove along the South Coast before heading back and spending an evening in Reykjavik. I’ll be doing more detailed posts for the locations we visited (click on each day below to see those posts), but here is our itinerary:

Day 1: Travel to Iceland, drive to Selfoss.

Day 2: Fridheimar Greenhouse, Geysir, Gullfoss, Efsti-dalur, Secret Lagoon.

Day 3: Thingvellir National Park (Oxararfoss, Logberg Law Rock, Almannagja Fault, Hakid viewpoint, Thingvellir Church).

Day 4: Reykjadalur, Seljalandsfoss, Gljufrabui, Skogafoss.

Day 5: Reynisfjara Beach, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Fjallsarlon.

Day 6: Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach, Vik, Dyrholaey, Westman Islands.

Day 7: Westman Islands, Reykjavik.

Day 8: Fly home. 

We stayed in Airbnbs throughout the entire trip and rented a car. The weather was around 40 to 50 degrees each day, and many days were overcast and rainy. Thankfully, we didn’t encounter any particularly heavy rainstorms. We were also lucky to have nearly 2 fully sunny days. This kind of weather seems to be typical for Iceland, even in the summer, but if you dress properly it’s not that bad.

We really enjoyed our vacation!