Day 1: Keflavik Airport, Skógafoss & Vík í Mýrdal
After months of preparation, it’s finally here: our Ring Road Trip is about to begin! Couldn’t be more excited! We left Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) in the early afternoon – kudos to WOW Airlines for the wonderful flight experience, even though we had an one and a half hour delay – and landed at 13u30 local time in Keflavik Airport after a three-hour flight. After collecting our luggage, we headed outside to pick up our rental car for this trip.
We booked a car via internet with Blue Car Rental, a fairly new Icelandic car rental company that received a whole lot of good comments and recommendations. Their office was located next to Keflavik Airport, so after a quick ID-and-car check, we hopped into our rental Nissan Quashquai and went off .. ! Off into the big unknown!
Well, not just yet. We decided to do our groceries in the nearest Kronan-warehouse, because we wanted to be prepared for the long road to come. Big warehouses are only located in ‘big’ towns, and just so you’d know: it’s a long way between BIG towns on the Ring Road. Packed with groceries for the next five days, we started our journey.
After taking in the breathtaking Icelandic landscape while driving, we had to make some plans for the day. Due to our belated flight, it already was quite late in the afternoon when we hit the road, and we wanted to arrive in Vík í Myrdal before dark. Exploring the area between Reykjavik and Vík í Myrdal was cut to a minimum, so our only stop between these two ‘big’ cities, was Skógafoss
The Skógafoss is one of the biggest and most well-known waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). I only knew this waterfall from the ‘Thor: The Dark World’-movie, but was instantly struck by it’s massive water flow rate. And oh, that noise! What an awesome sight on our first day.
On the right side of the waterfall is a trail that leads you up to the top of the waterfall, where you can see the ‘hidden’ landscape behind it. If you have more time, follow the trail further east. It leads up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the Glacier Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. After 50 minutes it started to get dark, so we had to hurry to our guesthouse for the night.
Our stay for the night: ‘Skammidalur’ Guesthouse
For our first night, we booked a room in ‘Skammidalur’ Guesthouse. We made the choice while planning our journey, not to book hotel rooms, so we could cook our own meals and cut down our ‘sleeping’ budget a bit. This guesthouse was quite basic, but was well located. With being only 3km away from Dyrhólaey, we couldn’t have found a better place to start our second day!
More info about our room-for-the-night:
- Adress: Skammidalur, 871, Skammidalur (7 min drive from Vík í Myrdal)
- Price per night: 110 euro (tip: pay with card in ISK) and booked via Booking.com
- Accommodations: Free wifi, shared kitchen & living room, two bathrooms with shower, free parking. Single beds, but can be rearranged.