Day 1: Exploring Blanda og Blöndugil
Morning: Start your day with a hearty breakfast in Blönduós. Then, gear up for a day of exploring the scenic valley of Blanda og Blöndugil. It’s just a short drive from the town, allowing you to get an early start. Spend the morning hiking through the valley and admiring its stunning landscapes. Don’t forget to take your camera – the valley offers excellent photo opportunities.
Lunch: After a morning of exploration, enjoy a packed lunch amidst the beauty of Blanda og Blöndugil.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon fishing in the Blanda River, which is teeming with salmon. Make sure to check local regulations and obtain any necessary permits beforehand.
Evening: Head back to Blöndós for dinner at a local eatery. Try some traditional Icelandic dishes, like lamb stew or fresh salmon.
Day 2: A Day of History and Nature at Hrútey and Vatnsdalur
Morning: After breakfast, take a leisure drive to Hrútey Island. This beautiful island in the middle of the Blanda River is a nature reserve and a haven for birdwatchers. Enjoy a morning walk on the island’s easy trails, and keep an eye out for diverse bird species.
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on Hrútey, taking in the tranquil surroundings.
Afternoon: Next, drive to Vatnsdalur, about an hour away from Hrútey. This valley is known for its unique, teardrop-shaped hills, known as Vatnsdalshólar. Spend the afternoon exploring the hills and enjoying the stunning views they offer.
Evening: Return to Blönduós and enjoy a relaxing evening. For dinner, consider trying an Icelandic hot dog, a surprisingly delicious local favorite.
Day 3: Delving into Viking History at Borgarvirki and Vatnahverfi
Morning: After breakfast, head to Borgarvirki, a natural fortress used by the Vikings. It’s about an hour’s drive from Blönduós. Spend the morning exploring the fortress and learning about its historical significance.
Lunch: Have lunch at a local spot near Borgarvirki, sampling more Icelandic cuisine.
Afternoon: Your next stop is Vatnahverfi, about a 30-minute drive from Borgarvirki. This region is steeped in Viking history and is closely associated with the Vatnsdæla Saga. Spend the afternoon exploring the area and immersing yourself in the sagas of the past.
Evening: Return to Blönduós and cap off your three-day adventure with a farewell dinner. Maybe try some Icelandic seafood dishes, like Plokkfiskur (fish stew) or fish and chips.
Please note: Always check the road conditions and weather forecast before setting out, especially in winter. Icelandic weather can be unpredictable, and conditions can change rapidly. And remember, driving off-road is strictly prohibited in Iceland to protect the fragile ecosystem. Enjoy your exploration responsibly!