This is the first blog post on my site in a long time. I actually forgot that I even had one before... :) I had the desire to have a blog on my website, but I have never really started to write here. Probably because nothing caught my attention enough to really want to write about it. Now that has changed! I write these lines primarily for myself, because I want to preserve my memories, but at the same time I hope that there will be interesting things, tips or good advice that will be useful for others.
Just to have a bit of a feeling of this trip start with this 3 minutes short video: https://youtu.be/d7nqYv_YMrU
At the beginning of 2024, Eszter and I decided that it was time to step out of the usual, our comfort zone, and travel to a place we have been wanting to visit for a very long time: Iceland. Most people don't want to go here in winter, short days, blizzards, stormy winds and rain. These are the first things that come to mind when you start searching with the following keywords: "Iceland in winter" "driving in winter in Iceland" etc. We decided to go for it!
Air tickets are 60-70% cheaper than in summer. Car rental as well. Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world, so this seemed like a good opportunity to get to this seemingly magical place at a relatively affordable price.
As an introduction, a short film about our tour:
We planned for 5 days, which increased to 7 nights after the first detailed program planning. Our itinerary: Keflavik - Reykjavik (night 1) - Snæfellsnes peninsula (nights 2-3) - South coast (nights 4-6 in two accommodations) - Reykjavik (night 7) and on our last day an early evening 8-hour departure home.
We booked most of the accommodations on Booking or Airbnb, but we spent two nights right in the middle of one of the world's largest lava fields, specifically in the middle of nowhere, which we booked on the hotel's website. This is recommended during the winter, because you can get very good discounts.
Tips for the trip
Our plane landed around 5:30 p.m., we quickly received our luggage and after a short bus ride we were able to pick up our rented car, a Tesla Model Y, which I found at Lava Car Rental only in the Long Range version, which is not only the larger battery, but also the also strongly recommended in winter due to four-wheel drive. I have never driven an electric car before, nor have I sat in one much, so this was another adventure outside my comfort zone.
Iceland is not cheap, especially when it comes to food, so it is recommended to go shopping in one of the larger shopping centers (Krónan or Bónus) at the beginning of the trip. The prices here are not low either, but you can swim 10-20% more expensive than the prices in Hungary. We did this immediately after taking over the car, and we didn't regret it at all during the trip! In this way, we were able to comfortably prepare our breakfast in our accommodation, and Eszter usually cooked in the evenings as well. This was also practical because it happened that the first small village was 40-50 minutes away from us, so going to a restaurant would not have been easy.
When we arrived in Reykjavik, we really liked the city swimming in warm lights. The terraces of the apartment buildings were decorated in the same way and presented a very nice and orderly picture. After we occupied our accommodation, we took a short walk to Hallsgrímkirkja, since it was only 10 minutes away, and after the walk we went back to sleep.
Day 1 - Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes peninsula