I was thinking about starting my trip by bus, unfortunately there is no direct service from Italy to Denmark. I might take a train from Milan....let's see.....to be continued
HOW TO GET TO ICELAND
First of all I need to get to Denmark, more precisely to Hirtshals where the ferry leaves to Seydisfjordur. I found out a very good company called smyrilline www.smyrilline.com; a return ticket for a single passenger and without a car is about 400,00 euro.
Now, let's get to the hardest part that is leaving from Italy by train. Trenitalia offers you very good prices under the name smart offers, for example a train from Rome to Munchen Hbf starts from 29,00 euro. From Munchen Hbf there are euronights trains to Copenhagen, you can check the timetable on www.bahn.com. Once in Copenhagen I need to catch a train to Hirtshals. I am now waiting for some replies from the Danish tourist center and will try to be more precise next time.
My next step will be to create an itinerary from Seydisfjordur till.......ehm....don't know yet! Ciao for now.
The ferry Norrona docks every week in Seydisfjordur that is one of the imposing fjords in east Iceland and also the name of the village.Today about 750 people live in Seydisfjordur. The local economy has long been based on the fisheries, while light industry also flourishes. Tourism plays a greater role in the recent years, as this picturesque town with its spectacular surroundings attracts more and more visitors. Seydisfjordur is on Lonely planet’s top list for “must visit” destinations in Iceland. There are many recreational activities such as sea angling, skiing, kayak tours and cycle rent, diving, paragliding and golf. I am interested in the nice and easy walk around the old town with a local guide. Included in the walk there is a visit to the Blue Church, local arts and markets and Skaftell, a cultural center. You can have more info at www.visitseydisfjordur.com
WHERE TO STAY IN SEYDISFJORDUR
Surfing on the internet I found a very good hostel at an affordable price, its name is Hafaldan Youth Hostel and you can view it here http://www.hostel.is/Hostels/Seydisfjordur. The hostel is within 10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal. The price per night is 2000 isk (12 euro) if you become a member of HI hostels.
Egilsstadir is a town in East Iceland on the banks of Lagarfliòt lake and this would be my next stop. It was established in 1947 and it has grown to become the largest town of east Iceland with a college, an airport and a hospital. It is a good shopping area as well. There is not so much to see except for the lovely Lagarfliòt lake with a monster in its depths called Lagarfliòtsormurinn!
WHERE TO STAY IN EGILSSTADIR
I found out there are quite a few hotels in town but no hostel, so I might stay in a hostel called Laugarfell Highland Hostel that is at 63 Km away from Egilsstadir. The owners told me they could pick me up in Egilsstadir. The building offers accomodation for 38 people. What attracts me most is the presence of two natural pools. There are many interesting tracking paths around Laugarfell and a number of beautiful waterfalls. I might join groups of people once there and organize walking trips in the wilderness. I might stay there more than two days. For more info and prices please check www.highlandhostel.is and visit the fb page www.facebook.com/LaugarfellHighlandHostel
Now I need to decide whether going north or south....waiting for some help from icelanders.
Finally I decided on my own! As I want to visit Reykjavik, it should be better going south! There is a bus leaving from Egilsstadir at 13:30 and arrives at Hofn at 17:00. Please have a look at the following timetable http://www.nat.is/travelguideeng/bus_stop_akureyri_egilsstadir.htm
Hofn is a town on the south-eastern corner of the country with 2000 inhabitants and it is especially known for lobsters. The area is dominated by large mountains and wide rivers, as well as its famous glaciar, Vatnajokull.
A walk around the harbour can be nice and there is a bird reserve south of the harbour with good walkways. There are also a few museums in town such as the Ice Land Glacier Exhibition, an exhibition about life in close proximity to Vatnajokull.
I would book an organized tour with some of the many tour companies based in Hofn and I might explore Skeidararsandur. Sandur is an Icelandic word for sand and has been adopted as the international scientific name for the sandy floodplains of glacial rivers found almost exclusively in Iceland and Svalbard.
WHERE TO STAY IN HOFN
There is a lovely hostel from the HI chain, it is called Hofn Hostel http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Höfn-026010.en.htm. It is located in the city center, perfect! Will check for prices later.
Well, I know, Hofn is really far away from Reykjavik, it is a seven hour journey by bus. I think I would need a car to visit the wonderful of nature in Iceland, so I might skip all this for the moment, and focus on the capital.
Reykjavik is the heart of Iceland's cultural, economic and governmental activity and it is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement. The city was founded in 1786 as an official trading town and grew steadily over the next decades.
There's a lot to do and see in Reykjavik, I would not miss one of the many thermal pools and spas or some concert sessions ( remember many famous artists come from this nordic land, such as Byork, Sigur Ros and Emiliana Torrini). There are many art exhibitions and museums.
WHERE TO STAY IN REYKJAVIK
The city offers so many options, but as I prefer to travel on a budget I would choose another HI hostel, Reykjavik City Hostel, 21 euro per night. It is right in the heart of Laugardalur Park, next door to the national sports stadium and Iceland's biggest Pool & Spa. It is within 30 minute walking distance from the city center, along the scenic Reykjavik coastline or 10 minutes by bus. You can find more info here http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Reykjav%C3%ADk-City-026001.en.htm.