Iceland’s tourism is growing rapidly thanks in part to Wow Air’s low prices on extended layovers between the US and Europe and the UK. A group of us were attending TBEX, a travel blogger conference in Killarney, Ireland. Wow air was $410 for a round trip from Los Angeles and Dublin. For $15 more we could stay 6 days in Iceland instead of a 4 hour layover.
That is the barebones price with selecting a seat and only bringing a personal item max dimensions 17x13x10 inches. Carry on, checked luggage, water, food, pretty much everything else is an extra charge on Wow Air.
Since I’m a minimalist traveler, I was able to fit all my camera gear, clothing and accessories in a personal item sized backpack. So I was able to avoid the huge extra charges for baggage. My travel companions were not able to pack as light and paid the fees.
We stayed in Reykjavik in an Airbnb right by the church the first night. Excellent location for walking around town, checking out some restaurants, shops and bars. The next morning we picked up our RV that fits 6 people, very cozy.
We headed to the South part of the island, visiting Selljalanfoss, Gljúfrabúi, Eyjafjallajökull, and had dinner in Vik and found a campground nearby.
The next day we made our way East to Kálfafell, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Svartifoss, and the Glacier Lagoon. We didn’t make it to the lagoon until just after sunset so we didn’t get any good photos. It was raining and the roads just past this point were washed out so we headed back to the National Park to camp for the night.
The following day was rainy and windy so we took our time getting back to Vik. Visited Reynisdrangar, the DC Plane Crash and Skogafoss. We wanted to make it to the Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River but the sun was setting so we camped nearby and planed to wake up before sunrise to make it to the river before returning the RV.
We woke up at 6am, drove 15 minutes to the trail head for the river. We heard it was a 45 minute hike but was actually over an hour. We finally made it, but kept going to see the waterfall about 10 minutes past the swimming area. We were the only ones there for a little while, it was nice to have the place to ourselves and fly the drone for some great footage of the river and Valley. We were on a tight deadline to get the RV back by noon so we cut our visit short and hurried back to the trailhead.
After returning the RV we checked into our last Airbnb in Downtown Reykjavik, it was another great location right in the middle of everything.
Our final day we had our amazing lunch for Traveling Spoon which you can see here. Then back to the airport and off to Dublin.