Yes! We flew in late afternoon and picked up a rental car from one of the car rentals near the airport. I canceled our tour and decided to just go on my own, I am so glad I did! It was cheaper to take the car rental shuttle than to use the services at the airport. Then we drove to Reykjavik to find our airbnb. In hindsight, I wish we would have just gone to a hotel since we were on such a short trip. We had dinner at Reykjavik Kitchen and went to bed. That was one of the best meals I have every had, I cannot recommend the restaurant highly enough. I have found the airport in Iceland to be frustrating all 3 times I have been there. In fact, the lack of signage in Iceland was perplexing. But the country is just unreal in its beauty! It is so foreign and breathtaking.
This is from my travel notes which were typed out while I was completely exhausted:
Day 16: we conquered the Golden Circle (at least the highlights), then hiked around some craters for so long, we missed our opportunity to get dinner. We started the day with a trip to the local 1011 for coffee and road snacks. Then we got a Covid test so we can go home tomorrow. Nothing is labeled here. Once that was done, we got on the road. First stop Porufoss. It was a nice waterfall. The landscape here is unreal. I just can’t describe how untouched and beautiful it is. I hope the increase in tourism won’t change that. Then we went to Thingvellir park and hiked between two tectonic plates. This place has a wild and brutal history! Then we stopped at Efstidalur which is a cow farm that serves burgers and ice cream made with dairy and beef from the farm. I am glad we had a big lunch! Next up was Geysir for some geysers. They were smelly but very cool. Then we went to Gullfoss for the most amazing waterfall. The color of the water and the roar was amazing. Then it was off to the Secret Lagoon for a soak in a hot spring, complete with elf houses. After an hour of relaxing we went to Kerio crater. That is when ***** (my son) just went rogue. We hiked down to the lake, marveled at the clear water. But he wanted to hike the rim. By this time it was 8pm and the sun was still overhead. Sunset is 3:30am here. When we got to the rim, he realized there were paths that lead along the tops of other ridges…we just kept going. In fact we went so long, everything had closed by the time we got back to civilization. The guy at the Kerio parking payment office and I had long talk that I am too tired to relate. He told us where to find good authentic food but by the time we got there all we ended up with was the name and address of a 24 hour grocery. On the way, we learned how to read "gluten free" and "wheat" in Icelandic. It is a real treat to go to a grocery and be the only foreigner there. At 11 pm, we finally made it back to the apartment. What a day!!!