An Iceland Road Trip

by Ian Maclellan

Actor Viggo Mortenson will fly to Iceland just to rent a car and drive around the highlands until he gets lost.

I’m more of a walker than a driver, but I get Viggo’s sentiment. It’s a land of lost planes, glacial lagoons, incomprehensibly long words, hitchhiking, 100 year old mountain swimming pools, candy, black sand, soaring birds, and so many French tourists.

I did my best to take “a week off work”, which is really impossible to do when you are freelance. There are always e-mails to send and clients who need files.

Climbing on top of abandoned US Navy plane on an Iceland road trip

The hardest part of an Iceland road trip, isn’t where to go or what to see, it’s deciding whether it’s worth it to rent a cheap car from a no-name car rental company. There are a million sort of sketchy rental companies, chiefly SAD Cars. Why would you name a car company SAD? These companies are less than half the price of Hertz, but have the most abysmal reviews. I decided to go with the big name company because I didn’t want my suspension to give out on me on some back road.

Portraits from an Iceland road trip

Swimming in Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on an Iceland road trip

Walking home from school in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Wind and waves in Reykjavik Harbor on an Iceland road trip

This was my windy and cold first morning in Reykjavik. I was having trouble just walking around and kept asking myself “What am I doing here???”

Construction site in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Hiking back from the secret Seljavallalaug swimming pool on an Iceland road trip

Fish on beach near Vik on an Iceland road trip

Greenhouse in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Abandoned US Navy plane in Iceland on an Iceland road trip

18 year old boys in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Swans in a light snow in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Vik Sea Stacks on an Iceland road trip

The hills below Eyjafjallajökull volcano on an Iceland road trip

Setting up for Christmas in reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Husky in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Light snow in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik designed by Ólafur Elíasson on an Iceland road trip

Moped in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Feeding the swans in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

Basketball in Reykjavik on an Iceland road trip

an Iceland road trip

an Iceland road trip

Clouds over Eyjafjallajökull on an Iceland road trip

Getting naked to cross an icy river on an Iceland road trip

F Class roads in Iceland Highlands on an Iceland road trip