I pause to grip the railing. My hand tingles against the smooth, wet metal, while beads of mist collect on my raincoat. I watch them converge and fall in streamlined rivers down my sides. 

After shifting my eyes back to the path, I advance to a rocky platform that's nestled between the moss-covered mountainside and Seljalandsfoss.

It's early. The summer sun teases warmth on my skin as it peaks through the waterfall's stream. ........

I pull up my hood and allow myself to slowly become drenched by the mist. Finally, I'm here.

Earlier this summer, after months of planning, my husband and I traveled to Iceland. Here's our abbreviated 8-day itinerary around Ring Road and tips for the wanderlust.


DAY 1: 

  Kerið

Kerið

 Þjóðveldisbærinn

Þjóðveldisbærinn

  Háifoss

Háifoss


DAY 2: 

 Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

 Skógafoss

Skógafoss

 Sólheimajökulll

Sólheimajökulll

  Vík -  Reynisfjara

Vík - Reynisfjara


DAY 3

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Vatnajökull National Park - Svartifoss

Fjallsárlón

Jökulsárlón


DAY 4

Djúpivogur

Hverarönd

Mývatn Nature Baths

Hverfjall


DAY 5

Leirhnjúkur 

Krafla

Dettifoss

Selfoss

Húsavík


DAY 6

Goðafoss

Akureyri

Glaumbær

Skagafjörður: Drangey Island

Sjavarborg Restaurant


DAY 7

Glymur

Reykjavík 

Hljómskálagarður

Snaps

Hallgrímskirkja

Fótógrafí


DAY 8

Silfra

Strokkur Geyser

Gullfoss

Blue Lagoon