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Two weeks around the Ring Road. An Iceland Trip Report!

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Just returned last week from a great trip to Iceland. My husband and I drove the ring road in two weeks....over 1400 miles, 6 tanks of gas, and lots of Hot Dogs along the way!!

We left the Metro Detroit on Aug 8th and flew to BWI. From BWI we caught our flight on Iceland Air to Keflavik Airport.

Upon arrival we purchased our limit of Duty Free alcohol (as sugggested here, I think). I heartily endorse this idea, as the prices for drinks were as expensive, if not more than we were told they would be. For example, a beer in a bar is about 550ISK. That translates to about 9 USD.

We picked up our rental car at the airport and drove into Reykjavik. We had a room reserved at the new SAS Radisson 1919. Since we arrived so early (8:00 am) our room was not yet available, so we had breakfast there at the hotel and then went to take the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour to get acquainted with the city.

We finally got into our room about 1PM and just crashed for about 2 hours. After a well deserved nap we went out to explore the city.

We had our first Icelandic hot dogs at the world famous Baejar Beztu hot dog stand which was just steps from our hotel. The hot dogs are a bargain at about 3 USD each. By far the best food value we found in Iceland.

We were leaving for our roadtrip the next morning, so we found the Bonus grocery store and stocked up on some munchies for the trip.

We left the next morning to start our drive around the ring road. Our destination this day was Sauderkrokur.

The drive was a great introduction to the weird, wild Icelandic terrain. If you have been, you know what I'm talking about. It's very hard to describe. There are no trees, lots of rocks, mountains, craters, moss and low shrubs. It's almost eerie in some areas. There are several viewpoints along the way. We especially liked Grabrok Crater. There is a nice path to the top, and a gorgeous view once you get there!

We arrived in Sauderkrokur mid afternoon and were able to check into our Hotel immediately. We were staying at the Hotel Tindastoll. It is one of the oldest hotels in Iceland. Our room very spacious and had a window ovelooking their really cool stone Hot Pot.

We had a pizza ( 24 USD ) at a cafe in town then went on to our Horseback Riding tour that I had arranged by e-mail before we left.

We drove about 30 miles to get to the farm where we would be riding from. The weather was a bit cold (50 Deg F) and drizzly and foggy, but we rode for about 2 hours, up a mountain and back down. I'm sure the view would have been great, however you could barely see the person in front of you. Overall, it was great fun and the horses are just beautiful.

When we arrived back at the hotel a good long soak in the Hot Pot was just what we needed.

Next.....White Water Rafting!!!

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