Skógafoss

Skógafoss

photo by Hansueli Krapf (wikimedia commons)

Getting off the Beaten Track

Photo by Johann Dréo (wikimedia commons)The Deildartunguhver Hot Spring Photo by Johann Dréo (wikimedia commons)

A motorhome rental or campervan hire in Iceland is a fantastic way to experience some of Iceland's undiscovered areas; after all 80% of the island is uninhabited, but if you want to truly experience wilderness consider a 4x4 rental and really get off the beaten track.

Here are just a handful of places you might like to try, and don’t forget to check the weather forecast and road conditions before starting out, whatever time of year you’re travelling.

Skogafoss
The waterfall at Skogafoss is where the coast once was. Now, the water falls off the former sea cliffs. This waterfall receives fewer visitors than Gulfs and Godafoss because it’s ‘off the beaten track’ but it’s the countries largest, and most spectacular at over 75 feet wide and over 175 feet tall.

Deildartunguhver
Iceland’s and the world’s largest hot spring producing 200 litres of boiling water PER SECOND! Follow road 50 towards Reykholt and just before you get there, the springs are signposted.

If you’ve got a 4x4 consider some of these less visited places.  On these routes there are river crossings, and some routes become impassable very quickly at times, so exercise caution.

Take the mountain road which follows Jökulsá a Fjöllum, a glacier river to Mt. Herðubreið, known as ‘the queen of the wilderness’. This is an oasis at the edge of the Ódáðahraun lava field.  A little further along the road at Lake Öskjuvatn is the massive Askja caldera, the explosion crater of Viti.

Drive from the Northeast Highlands to the East Fjords.  There are some totally deserted beaches at Þvottárskriður; the area around Lón is great for hiking and at Möðrudalur valley visit Sænautasel, a living turf-house museum as well as Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park

The Glacial Lagoon at Jökulsárlón is yet another incredible experience.  Take a boat ride between the huge floating icebergs on the lake, and spend time exploring Skaftafell, part of the Vatnajökull Skaftafell National Park; the largest National Park in Iceland.  Another great place to visit is the Svartifoss waterfall, with its basalt columns, its quite a hike, but well worth it.

Landmannalaugar.
This is an area of big names, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Fjaðrarárgljúfur Canyon and the Dverghamrar cliffs; these are all un-missable sites in the colourful Landmannalaugar area. If you take the Fjallabak highland route make sure you stop at the Eldgjá fissure system and Ófærufoss waterfall, and when you get to Landmannalaugar have a dip in the geothermal waters and marvel at the colourful mountains.

All these areas are ideal for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire.  They give you freedom to stop where you want, when you want, to experience what its like to be totally alone, whilst providing somewhere to shelter from the elements, just in case!

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