2023 – Iceland

In 2023, we decided to re-visit Iceland, which had been our last holiday before the Covid lockdown. After looking at various itinerary options we settled on something very similar to our previous holiday, where we had mainly explored along the south coast of Iceland as far as Hofn. This time we we cut out a visit to the Snaefellsnes peninsula and instead added  a couple of days in the Reykjanes peninsula south of Reykjavik.

When we visited in 2020, we had several days of heavy snow and blizzard conditions. This time was quite different, as the weather was mostly mild with no snow at lower altitudes, and in fact some of the holiday felt quite spring like. Surprisingly, the prior months of December and January has been amongst the coldest on record in Iceland, showing how changeable the Icelandic weather can be.

Our Itinerary

We flew from Manchester to Keflavik Airport on Friday 22nd February, where we picked up a hire car and drove to Reykjavik for the first night. The following day, we headed to Gullfoss for two nights, then drove to the south coast for another two night stay close to Skogafoss. From Skogafoss, we drove on to the Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon for two nights, then on to Hofn and sent two nights there. On the return from Hofn, we stopped for a single night at Kirkjubaerklauster, then stopped at Vik for two nights. Finally, we visited the Reykanes peninsula, stopping close to the Blue Lagoon before returning to Keflavik airport for the flight home.