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Happy Campers Travel Blog | May 25, 2019

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Winter Road Trip

Winter Road Trip
Thorsteinn Sverrisson (Thor)

A friend from Indiana, USA, came to visit me in Iceland this winter and of course I had to take him on the ringroad! His name is Jon Spradley and he had limited time to experience as much of Iceland as possible. We started with the golden circle on Saturday, went on to see Snæfellsnes, and continued clockwise around the island until we reached Reykjavik again on Tuesday night. I would definitely recommend giving yourself more than 4 days to drive around the country, but anything is possible 🙂 Hopefully this will give you a good idea of how it is to travel in Iceland during the winter time. Here is our journey in photos…

Starting our trip at Thingvellir national park

Following the birds and the sun
This is where we “camped” the first night
Coffee in the morning is a must!
Making our way from Snæfellsnes peninsula up to Siglufjordur in the north
Jon taking some pictures
Who doesn’t love seals?
Jon wasn’t understanding fully
Driving on the ring road towards Siglufjordur
Beautiful scenery on our way from Siglufjordur to Akureyri
Relaxing with a good book and some coffee is highly recommended
This is where we camped our second night, close to Akureyri
Jon on his way to see Goðafoss
Goðafoss – The waterfall of the gods
We found tiny sheep!
…And more sheep.
We stopped at Dimmuborgir, a lava field said to be the home of the “Jule Lads”
Dimmuborgir lava field
Checking out the thermal area at lake Mývatn
All natural steam
When we got to Krafla, it had started snowing!
We were all alone at Dettifoss, as it had begun to snow heavily
Standing by the most powerful waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss
Having fun in the snow!
This is where we spent our third night
Jon standing on a small part of Vatnajokull – the largest glacier in Europe!
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is beautiful and a must-stop for any traveler
Vik is a small town in the south and has a beautiful black beach
Jon making an epic pose in front of Skogafoss in the south
Slejavallalaug is Iceland’s oldest pool and is truly a hidden secret
We ended our trip on a nice drive along the south coast back to Reykjavík!


  1. Dorianne

    I’m impressed with all you two were able to see in those 4 days. I’ll be doing my second circling of Ring Road this October. This time using the Happy Camper! Hope I have as much fun as you two had!!

    • Thorsteinn Sverrisson (Thor)

      Thanks, it was a pretty hectic trip, with so many things to do and see in such a short time, but well worth it! But yes, I really hope you have an awesome time in October ( and hopefully you’ll have more than 4 days? 😉 )

  2. Mila

    great post. i noticed that you rented a campervan. my bf and i are hoping to do the same next may, do you have any experience if we can rent a simple one with 2wd and take it slightly off or route 1? we wouldnt do the highlands, but would need it to work on the gravel roads.

    • Thorsteinn Sverrisson (Thor)

      Thanks Mila 🙂

      That sounds good. Yes, actually, the company I work at rents out 2wd camper vans that are allowed to drive on all roads, except for the F-roads. So you could easily drive on all of the other gravel roads across Iceland. Did you have any specific places in mind that you wanted to visit? I have used that kind of camper van to travel around Iceland, including many gravel roads, without any issues. I definitely recommend the Westfjords.

      – Thor