Iceland Challenge

Heading South to Reykjavík ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 7

Heading South to Reykjavík ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 7

On our last day, we traveled from Akureyri to Reykjavik which takes about 5 hours.

We spent the time exchanging good music, enjoying the scenery and discussing our favorite parts of the trip. I don’t recommend making this trip in such a short time, but we were excited to get to Reykjavik to enjoy a night on the town! 

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Over the Mountain we go! ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 6

Over the Mountain we go! ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 6

Day 6 was one of those days where I would be hard pressed to forget. Everything seemed to go wrong, tempers flared and arguments broke out, but it was one of those days where we realized what an adventure we were on.

We were thrown together by chance on a #IcelandChallenge trip of a lifetime. Things were bound to go astray, right?

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Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part II ~ #IcelandChallenge

Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part II ~ #IcelandChallenge

Are you ready to read about elves and puffins in Borgafjörður Eystri part II? It‘s often called the elf capital of Iceland and I could not have been more excited to spend a whole day there.

Everyone visiting Iceland always asks if the elves are true and if I believe in them. Read along and you’ll find out my answer. Cheers, Inga

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Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part I ~ #IcelandChallenge

Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part I ~ #IcelandChallenge

Off to an elf town to hear folklore tales and relax in an outdoor hot tub overlooking the North Atlantic! Have you ever been to the remote town of Borgarfjörður Eystri?

If not, read on to hear about the first half of our day in this beautiful spot. 

Cheers, Laura

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Exploring the Eastern Fjords ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 4

Exploring the Eastern Fjords ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 4

Have you ever ventured through the Eastern fjords of Iceland? Have you gotten lost crossing back roads and driving through thick, can’t-see-10km-in-front-of-you clouds? We have. For all those who have not experienced the wilds of Eastern Iceland, make sure to include it in your next trip! Join us for as we delve into the hidden beauties of the East!

Cheers, Laura

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Exploring Katla volcano ~ #IcelandChallenge

Exploring Katla volcano ~ #IcelandChallenge

After a hectic day exploring the South coast, we had a surprise waiting for us when we reached VÍK. Elías the manager of Hótel Edda VÍK had organized a super jeep tour for us with KatlaTrack. We were picked up by Guðjón, the owner of the tour company around 10pm. Guðjón was born and raised in Mýrdalur and since he’s a local, he knew so much about the history and geography of the area. After a little chat, it was time for Liz, Marika and I to hop into the super jeep and buckle up! We had no idea what was in store for us, but we were ready for anything.   

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Viking hike and glaciers ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 3

Viking hike and glaciers ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 3

It’s time for Day 3! An epic day filled with black sand beaches, an ancient Viking burial quest, Icelandic hot dogs and TWO glacier lagoons; yes, Jökulsárlón is not the only glacier lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park! We’ll give you the inside scope on this hidden gem. Read more to hear about some great places to explore while road tripping from VÍK to Höfn!

Cheers, Laura

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Seljavallalaug & Dyrhólaey ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 2

Seljavallalaug & Dyrhólaey ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 2

Day two of the Iceland Challenge was probably one of our longest and most exciting days.  We kept a fast pace, but always jumped at the opportunity to stop the car, wide-eyed with our cameras at what I can only describe as some of the most beautiful sites of the south coast.  

Are you ready to chase waterfalls, soak in the oldest swimming pool in Iceland and explore the South coast with me?

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Laugarvatn & South Iceland ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 1

Laugarvatn & South Iceland ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 1

I’d like to say we kicked off our Iceland Challenge with a bang, but we woke up to ominous skies and the distinct possibility of a downpour. Nevertheless our spirits were high and our excitement mounting as we drove to Keflavik International Airport. Marika, who had studied Medieval Studies with Liz in college, arrived exhausted after flying almost 2000km from Portland, Oregon. I’d like to say we kicked off our Iceland Challenge with a bang, but we woke up to ominous skies and the distinct possibility of a downpour. Are you guys ready for this journey?! 

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Iceland Challenge Overview

Iceland Challenge Overview

7 day stopover with Young Adventuress via Icelandair; 

4 girls. 1 island. 7 days. #IcelandChallenge was filled with adventure, surprises and many great memories. There is so much footage and stories to tell you guys so I decided to start with an overview post. Over the next few weeks we will update you with blogs about each day. In the mean time enjoy this one and stay tuned for more to come....

Cheers, Inga 

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Sixt Iceland - Car rental

Sixt Iceland - Car rental

For our Iceland Challenge, Sixt Car Rental generously provided us with a brand new Chevrolet Captiva. We were riding in style in this spacious 7 person vehicle.

We only needed to fill four seats and the rest was reserved for the copious amount of gear we brought to supply us for the next week of adventure.    

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Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

“Ah, the heart of the majestic north. Where the mountains seem a bit bolder, the sun shines just a little brighter, the calm is always calmer and the days go on forever at the height of the summer” – Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 

Situated in the center of Iceland’s Northern capital, Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is one of the newest hotels in the country. It was converted from a former university and opened its doors in the summer of 2011. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms with views of the bay on the eastern side.

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Hotel Edda Vík

Hotel Edda Vík

Hótel Edda Vík is located along the southern coast in the quaint town of Vík. The region is lush with rugged beauty that stretches as far as the eye can see. The hotel offers fantastic views of the dramatic cliffs and black sand beaches. The majestic Mýrdalsjökull glacier lies just a few kilometers north which offers a plethora of activities including trekking, snowmobiling, and super jeep tours. The area is a bird lover’s paradise, with huge Arctic tern colonies, puffin breeding grounds and a wide variety of auks. 

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Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is located in the beautiful eastern town of Egilsstaðir. It is open all year round, but we find it absolutely stunning in the summer months.

The hotel is extremely bright with a huge lounge and bar area styled with retro purple and pink chairs. Icelandair Hotel Herað offers 60 spacious rooms with all the amenities one would expect from a four star hotel: comfy beds, warm and cozy comforters, bright windows and a clean bathroom!

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Hótel Edda Höfn

Hótel Edda Höfn

Hótel Edda Höfn is located by the harbor with a fantastic view of the bay. On a cloudy day, there is a certain mystical charm as the fog hovers over the bay (similar to the day we arrived!).

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Hotel Edda ÍKÍ & Laugarvatn Fontana

Hotel Edda ÍKÍ & Laugarvatn Fontana

Hotel Edda ÍKÍ is a rural summer hotel about an hour from Reykjavík. The hotel sits along the picturesque lake of Laugarvatn. The area is known for its unique hot springs and geothermal hot spots. The hotel has 28 rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a restaurant with lake view and three small conference rooms. In the winter, the building returns to its original use as a university for physical education, but during the summer months, guests can enjoy a converted dorm room and a tranquil atmosphere.

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Iceland Challenge with Young Adventuress

Iceland Challenge with Young Adventuress

How much could YOU do in a seven day stopover via Icelandair?

I am excited to announce that Tiny Iceland is teaming up with Young Adventuress with help from Icelandair for the "ICELAND CHALLENGE"—a 7 day action packed adventure exploring Viking graves, speaking to elf whisperers, searching for the Icelandic version of the “Loch Ness” monster aka "Lagarfljótsormurinn", hiking volcanoes and exploring glaciers. 

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