It was a day full of waterfalls and amazing views along to South Coast of Iceland. It was late afternoon when we arrived at one of my favorite places in Iceland – Jökulsárlón. My then-boyfriend and I were on an amazing 3-day adventure weekend road trip in Iceland. We both were super excited because we were going to head out to see an Iceland Ice Cave. We were being provided the Ice Caves by Vatnajokull Glacier from Guide to Iceland.
I am up before dawn and packing my bags. Surprisingly, it was just after 9 am and I had beaten the sun up. I double checked my hostel room and headed upstairs for breakfast. I had some of my favorite local Icelandic yogurt while I did a quick weather check. The weather report was clear but I had learned over the last six days that the weather could change in an instant. I walked out of my hostel and into the bitter Icelandic cold. The sky was just starting to get light as I gassed up my car for the next stage of my Icelandic Winter Road Trip. I had a little over two hours drive ahead to get to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
I don’t like plans and reservations. They mean I am committed to an committed to being at a certain place at a certain time. I know that there are some people who like to know exactly what they are doing as it makes things easier for you. For example, I have one friend who likes to use a company like NetJets to make sure that they will have an easy and enjoyable experience when it comes to flying. However, I know that with this form of travel you need to be a bit more organised. My travel style is free flowing and a desire to follow the whim of the moment. Travelling without hostels and activities pre-arranged is scary and has some risk. I generally plan as I go. I will book hostels and tours the night before. It’s a good day when have stuff booked two days in advance. Sometimes places are full and things can go wrong but I have never been completely in over my head. I have never been left to sleep without a roof over my head. Here are my tips and tricks to prevent complete disaster while travelling with no plan.
A cold wind slams into me as I walk out the Keflavik International Airport. I am actually in Iceland and it’s early February. I unlock my rental car and program my Reykjavik hostel into my GPS unit. I would have brought my own car, but considering I had only recently got it, I thought this time around, renting a car would be for the best. Saying this, I do have trips I want to go on and if it wasn’t for doing research into dealerships like Conklin Chevrolet, I probably wouldn’t even have a car and the idea of a road trip wouldn’t be possible! Anyway, I have my hostel for tonight book and have to return the rental car in two and half weeks. I am about to embark on a winter road trip in Iceland without a plan. I have a 10 item bucket list of things I want to do.
Happy Earth Day! Earth day was founded 45 years ago to celebrate the Earth. The giant blue sphere that is our home. In the excitement of celebrating, don’t forget to drink a toast John Muir. Yesterday, John Muir celebrated his 177th birthday. Happy Birthday, John! I know I am a day late, but its the though that counts.