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Iceland is one of the world’s top travel destinations right now. It is easy to reach from both Europe and North America, making it a great long weekend getaway option. The island has tremendous natural beauty: glacier lagoons, geysers, more waterfalls than anywhere else on earth, deep glacial fjords and other strange geological features. The small population (less than 400,000), means you can get away from people and get way, way off the grid. Iceland is a natural paradise.

Yet when we first went in 2009, the country’s tourism infrastructure was still in its infancy. We felt like pioneers visiting an unexplored land. Sure, there were tourists on the Golden Circle route, but most of the time we were completely alone driving the Ring Road – one of the world’s truly great road trips. Here are our experiences exploring this beautiful island (and taking a dip into each and every hot springs we came across).

Last Day in Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgríms Church), Reykjavik, Iceland

We had breakfast at the Centerhotel Klopp and headed out into the city. Thankfully, for our final day in Iceland, the weather cleared and we had clear skies! We headed straight up to Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgríms Church) – the iconic landmark atop the hill that can be seen from everywhere in Reykjavik. It’s free to go

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Reykjavik, Indoors

Settlement Museum 870 +/-2

The beautiful skies we had in Reykjavik over the last two days gave way to a light drizzle that made the day kind of dreary.  We decided to spend much of our time inside, visiting a couple of area museums, restaurant hopping and relaxing. Our first stop was Settlement Museum 871 +/- 2. This was an

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Icelandic Churches and Arriving in Reykjavik

The Church of Vidimyrarkirkja, Iceland

We got up early at our hotel in Akureyri – the Pétursborg in Hörgárbyggð (it is number 380 on the Icelandic Farmholidays Program). The owners’ two young daughters were up early, so there was a lot of noise in the basement making it very difficult to sleep in. We had a quick breakfast and headed

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Experiencing Gas Stations in Iceland

The N1 is one of the many gas stations in Iceland. Photo from Hallie (Creative Commons).

Exploring Iceland is best done by car. The Ring Road is one of the world’s greatest road trips. If you visit, you’ll surely encounter the unique gas station culture that exists in this tiny country. It may seem strange, but gas stations in Iceland will be an important part of your journey. Live like a

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