The wilds of South Iceland In Photos

Published on: 2013/01/03
The wilds of South Iceland In Photos

As I drive through a snowstorm somewhere in the South Iceland, not having seen another car for hours and unable to see more than a few meters in front of me, I begin to wonder if renting a car to explore the wilds of Iceland on my own was really such a great idea. One of the first things the locals told me about hiking and driving in Iceland was to keep a close eye on the weather. “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, wait 5 minutes and it will change”, said my bus driver from the airport to Reykjavík. By Cherina Hadley @Quietwanderings

I am contemplating this meterological phenomenon as my car slides through the blizzard. 

Has it been 5 minutes yet ?

My GPS keeps telling me to turn right. There is no right, I tell her. Only mountains. And I can’t see the mountains through the snow:

“Turn right.”

“Turn right.”


I unplug the GPS.

Then the sun comes out.  And after narrowly avoiding death in a snowstorm in Iceland…everyone lives happily ever after. The End :)

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It’s a little clichéd but Iceland is certainly a land of extremes. Its sub-Arctic location in the North Atlantic Ocean just east of Greenland means the weather really can change every 5 minutes, as can the landscape. It conformed perfectly to my love of cold places.

In my few days in South Iceland I saw lava fields, sweeping black volcanic beaches, glaciers, waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, volcanoes.

I love a good road trip but renting a car and driving in Iceland on my own was not something I planned. Thanks to the midnight sun I was out exploring for more than 12 hours each day, had very little sleep and collapsed in an exhausted heap once I got back to Reykjavík at the end of it all.

Am I glad I rented a car to explore the wilds of Iceland on my own? Look at these pictures and I think you will understand why my answer to that is: Absolutely!

Driving the Ring Road, near Skaftafell National Park.










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