What to see in Iceland: part two
We started this trip here: Journey to Iceland Part 1
And now here we are at day 3!
What to see in Iceland: DAY 3
We spent the night in Hella, in the wonderful Hotel Rangà. I have to tell you about the incredible experience at this hotel!
Hotel Rangá is a luxurious country hotel, the only 4-star resort in South Iceland.
Its location is strategic because it’s close to many unmissable attractions and the stay here will make your trip better. Each room is well heated, the staff is friendly, the breakfasts are incredibly abundant and the restaurant also offers delicious dishes. You will be able to find typical dishes, accompany them with excellent wine and finish off with some delicious sweets.
This hotel has several services. The stargazing, the chance to admire the sky and the stars from a platform where you will find large telescopes, there are the Hot Tubes, small and hot pools outside the rooms, next to the river that flows near the Hotel Rangà from you can also admire the Northern Lights or have a drink!
And finally, they have a service called Aurora Wake Up call! By pressing a button on the room phone, you will book for the night call; if in the night the northern lights will light up the sky, they will call you! It’s an incredible service, you will not miss the magic of the most famous aurora in the world! https://www.hotelranga.is/Today’s first stage is:
• Skógafoss, a magnificent waterfall that juts out into a small river that flows in the middle of verdant hills. Convenient and free parking, these waterfalls are unmissable; you can go directly to a few meters (even if you bathe from head to toe) and climbing a long staircase that runs across the hill, you can see and photograph these waterfalls directly from above, as well as admire the landscape that will open before your eyes .
• Sólheimajökull reached from the previous stage in a few minutes, we park the car and venture on foot (spiked shoes or crampons if there is ice) on the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. The glacier rises above the volcano and creates a fascinating spectacle of colors, the white of the ice next to the black of the surrounding lava area, all incredibly close to the sea.
At the parking lot there is a bar / refreshment point where you can have lunch and from which you can go hiking with crampons for climbing on the glacier.
After this stop that deserved our full attention, we head towards the coast, in 30 minutes we will be in Reynisdrangar, Vik. Considering that Iceland has a main road called Ring Road 1, it will be impossible to get lost because Vik is right along this road.
Here we can admire:
• The village, a small, pretty town that has a lot to offer
• The famous black beach Reynisfjara, which with its black pebbles and stacks, makes the place truly magical.
• very characteristic Dyrholaey promontory with a breathtaking view.
• Ice cave tour This tour of the incredible Katla Ice Cave will take you away from the regular tourist routes to the mountains and Iceland’s most majestic glaciers. Entering the extraordinary black and blue ice cave with our expert guide is like walking on the set of a surrealist ice film.
It seems little to read but what we saw today took a really long time to be admired and well photographed! (are you already following us on Instagram? We post photos of our trips that you cannot miss!)
The day comes to an end, and we return to the Hotel Rangà where, after a refreshing bath in the Hot Tube, we will enjoy dinner!
What to see in Iceland: DAY 4
This morning in Iceland the wind blows at 90 km / h! If it should happen to you, do not give up, the weather on this island varies very quickly, and so it was also for us. The bad weather lasted for a few hours and forced us to slow down our journey, it would have been useless to try and see and photograph waterfalls and lakes, with such a strong wind and rain! We preferred to wait for the sun to shine again!
The wind has calmed down, with our Ford Cuga 4×4 we drive towards Seljalandsfoss, 20 minutes away.
Here they will leave us speechless:
• Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, which you can also take pictures from inside!
• the Gljúfrabúi waterfall a few hundred meters from the previous one. Initially it looks less majestic but entering from a rock split, you can enter a cave where you can admire the waterfall from a completely different perspective, it will leave you breathless.
Recommended lunch: Fjöruborðið at Stokkseyri in about an hour but that brings us closer to our next stop.
• Lava Tour at Raufarhólshelli
Leaving the lava tour we head towards the capital Reykjavík, because after having filled the eyes of beauty, walking in a land that at times seems like a moon, we want to discover how we live in the city, the most populous in Iceland!
I talk about it in this article !
What to see in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland.