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How to Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day in Iceland

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Self Drive the Golden Circle with Icelandic horses

Everyone that visits Iceland cannot miss the Golden Circle tour. But the ultimate question is whether you should visit the Golden Circle with a tour company, or self drive the Golden Circle in one day yourself? I highly recommend doing the latter.

And if you want to self drive the Golden Circle then hopefully these travel tips will help you on your next adventure to Iceland.

Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day in Iceland

How to Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day

Tour companies can be great. But being herded onto and off a bus all day as you try to get around all the sites along the Golden Circle route just seems ridiculous. Wouldn’t you rather have the freedom to stop whenever you wanted to take some photos, go toilet, or just chill out staring at a waterfall?

Visiting Gulfoss Falls Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day

Visiting Gulfoss Waterfall – Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day

What kind of rental car do I need in Iceland?

Depending on the time of year you go, and what your travel plans are, you should be fine just getting a small sedan. We hired the cheapest car from Hertz and it worked out perfectly. Since we were covering a huge distance during our entire trip, we wanted to make sure it was fuel efficient and comfortable.

If you are heading there in winter (November – March) you may want to consider picking up a 4×4. This is because some roads can be closed and the roads very icy/snowy. Just check the Iceland road conditions on this official website before you head out.

What is the best Golden Circle route I should take?

There is no set routes if you self drive the Golden Circle. You either head clockwise, or anti-clockwise. But the best part of the Golden Circle route is that you will have to try really hard to get lost. That’s not saying it can’t be done, because we some how missed the turnoff coming out of Reykjavik, but you do have to ignore all the big signs pointing out the attractions along the way.

Starting from Reykjavik head in a clockwise direction towards your first stop which will be the Continental Divide between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. You can go diving here as well as wander around for a good hour exploring the many pathways.

Or if the wind is howling and it is freezing like it was the day we did it, run around for 10 minutes grabbing some photos then bugger off again.

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The next major stop along Highway 35 on your Golden Circle route is the geysir minefield, aptly known as Geysir.

Stinking like rotting eggs, the sulphur and steam rise up from the ground as you pull up to the information centre and cafe. This is a perfect stop for a bit of coffee and a late brunch snack. If you do stop to warm your insides then this also gives you time to judge your visit between any tour buses that might show up. Just wait half an hour and they will all be herded back onto their diesel belching coaches and you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity by yourselves.

Visiting Geysir during Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day in Iceland

Visiting Geysir – Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day

The final major stop around the Golden Circle is the cascading Gulfoss Waterfall.

To be honest we were a little under whelmed as we were there at the end of the winter season and a lot of the water was still trapped beneath the frozen lakes and glaciers to the north. Still, it was beautiful with the ice creeping up the frozen canyon walls from the bitter northerly winds, while dripping icicles hung precariously over the waterfalls lips.

Make sure you take the steps down into the canyon and walk along the river pathway too. Well worth the mini-hike and you can feel the spray from Gulfoss as you explore the path.

Gulfoss Waterfall Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day in Iceland

While these are the three major stops along the Golden Circle, these shouldn’t be the only reasons you stop.

Around every bend, along every straight and over each hill there are a plethora of photographic opportunities to snap. I couldn’t get enough of the landscape. So while Adela was quite happy to keep her toes warm under the car heater, I was busy running around the car like a photography loony.

Plus have you seen how adorable the Icelandic horses are?

Self Drive the Golden Circle with Icelandic horses

Golden Circle Self Drive in Iceland

What time should I leave on my self drive around the Golden Circle?

Luckily as you are your own boss today, you get to have a sleep in and a leisurely start to the day. Most tour companies will leave before 8am so that they have enough time to make it around all the sights, and still be back in Reykjavik by 5pm.

We left at 10am which was perfect because it meant that most tour buses were a couple of hours ahead of us. This allowed us to have a lot more space at the major attractions and not have to jostle elbow to elbow trying to get the best photographs. We also didn’t return to Reykjavik (see below) so we could take our time at each stop.

Where to stay if you self drive the Golden Circle in one day

While most people will base themselves in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, we decided we wanted to stay further along the South Coast as that was where we were headed next. Our choice was simple, the beautiful Vatnsholt Hostel in Selfoss. Plus it is also one of the best places in the world to see the Northern lights.

Vatnsholt Hostel Review

Location

Vatnsholt is located just over an hour from Reykjavík off the main Highway 1. It is a perfect location after you have driven the Golden Circle as you don’t have to go back into the city.

The Rooms

Our room was private inside their old home which has been renovated. There are other rooms in there, with a giant shared kitchen and lounge, but we were the only ones staying in Vatnsholt Hostel at the time.

Vatnsholt Hostel Review

The sunset from Vatnsholt Hostel

Other Amenities

The kitchen inside our apartment was perfect and they had this crazy fancy shower with about 40 buttons inside. We spent ages just trying to figure out how to make it work! They also have free WiFi and one of the best restaurants that I have ever eaten at. The breakfast buffet selection in the morning is never ending (get the waffles) and make sure you eat dinner there at least once.

Staff

The owners are incredible friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and well looked after. Make sure you ask Johann and Margret to show you the dancing goat video.

Social Atmosphere

There wasn’t much of a social atmosphere as it was the end of the winter season. A bus load of tourists did show up around midnight to watch the Northern Lights one of the evenings but we didn’t really chat to them.

Cost

$60 US for a private room for two people.

Overall

We fell in love with Vatnsholt Hostel and would have stayed longer if we had the time. Unfortunately we had to buzz off along the coast for a few days, but it would be the perfect base if you had an extra week or two in Iceland. The owners have also lived in the area for years so have plenty of local knowledge that you should use, such as finding the secret geothermal hot pools up in the hills…

It is definitely the best place to stay if you are planning to self drive the Golden Circle in one day, and then explore the south coast afterwards.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Vatnsholt Hostel and thanks to HostelWorld for organising, but as always our thoughts are always our own.

Have you drive then the Golden Circle before? Or did you take a tour bus? What were your highlights?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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30 Comments

  1. Kristy of Family Visa

    August 12, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    I also want to watch the dancing goat video. Maybe you can post it here Cole? 😛

    • Cole Burmester

      August 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Hahaha you will just have to go there and check it out for yourself 😉

  2. Rueben

    August 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Hey cool shot of the geysir. Iceland is cool aye. We wana go back one day and do some more exploring. Sounds like you’re living the dream Cole!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Thanks Rueben. It’s been nice to be able to travel the world and work from wherever I like but it has take a lot of hard work to get to where I am! It is also EXHAUSTING so it’s nice to settle down every few months to catch up on work. Shouldn’t complain though 😉

  3. Monica

    August 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    This sounds absolutely incredible. I’m reading so many amazing things about Iceland at the minute. So much so that I’ve just booked flights there for October and I’m having loads of fun researching all the things to do. I’ll definitely be hiring a car and driving around the Golden Circle.
    Thanks for all the info guys 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Oh I am kinda jealous now! You will love it there Monica. So much to see and do. Let me know how your trip goes 😀

  4. Steve

    August 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Wow – this is great advice for Iceland. I still have to go there and experience the impressive nature by myself: especially outdoor activities like multi-day hikes are supposed to be unforgettable. Great piece and nice pictures!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Thanks Steve. Definitely worth a trip. If you can stay for longer than a week as well then you will have plenty of time for hiking and exploring a few more of the lesser known places.

  5. Beth

    August 14, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    This sounds amazing. Everyone always has such nice things to say about Iceland. Really hoping I can get over there soon!

    And when I do, I will certainly look into renting a car to drive the Golden Circle. Do you know how old you have to be to rent a car in Iceland?

    • Cole Burmester

      August 14, 2013 at 4:45 AM

      Definitely hope you get there soon too Beth. And you have to be at least 20 years old. Just remember to carry a credit card too otherwise you won’t be able to rent a car.

  6. Gabriel

    August 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Do you think you could walk the golden circle in a couple of days and simply camp along the way off the road where you won’t be seen? Great pictures also =).

    • Cole Burmester

      August 22, 2013 at 4:47 AM

      Never thought about it to be honest Gabriel but definitely think you could! Not sure what the freedom camping rules are in Iceland but as long as you were fully prepared and went in summer then I don’t see why not 🙂 Let me know if you attempt it because that would be EPIC!

  7. Jane

    October 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    This looks awesome! I’m hoping to visit Iceland for 7 days next May. Would you mind sharing your itinerary? All your photos look amazing! Thanks!

  8. Arthur Robidoux

    October 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Thanks,this will give us an idea how to start our trip

  9. Ross

    October 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Nice post and I’d agree that renting a car is definitely better than the tourist bus. I did the lap of the country and its one of the best places I was in. As you say there is a photo opportunity around every corner. Super country

  10. Ashley

    November 22, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Love the photos! We´re planning a trip to Iceland at the moment. What dates did you visit in? We´re thinking of mid-late April, around Easter and not sure if it will still be icy or not.

    • Cole Burmester

      November 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      Hey Ashley,
      We were there the first week of April. Less chance of seeing the Northern Lights then, but it is still possible. Around Easter will be fine in terms of ice. It is still freezing but it shouldn’t be icy. You will be fine with a non-4×4 car.
      Enjoy it!
      Cheers,
      Cole

  11. Lynne

    December 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I am planning on going to Iceland with a friend as a stop-over to Amsterdam. We will be there April 2 and 3rd. We are staying in the suburb of Hafnarfjordur which is about halfway between the airport and the capital. We rented a car to do the golden circle and also to go to the blue lagoon. What was the weather like when you were there? Was there any concern for icy roads or snow? Also did you get a chance to interact with the Icelandic horses? I hear they are very sweet and love to be petted. Are they wild? If we get up and get going around 1000 AM would that give us plenty of time to see the golden circle before night fall? Also did you get a chance to see the Northern lights? That is something I would love to see. Thanks for answering my way too many questions but I appreciate it.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 5, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      Hi Lynne,
      Sorry about my delay in replying. Been a very busy Christmas and New Year break for me 🙂
      Thanks for commenting and very jealous of you going to Iceland. I would love to return again. The weather was great when we went in April. Although still very cold in the evenings especially when the wind comes straight from the North Pole! Take plenty of base layers. Didn’t have any problems with the roads and we just had a little rental car with no 4 wheel drive. I do recommend checking weather just before you go though. I took some beautiful shots of Icelandic horses but never rode them. You can go on horse treks though but I didn’t get a chance. And yup saw the northern lights. But April is getting late in the season. Check out this post for more info on where we stayed and some photos: http://www.fourjandals.com/europe/eye-spy-in-iceland-photo-essay/

      You should also be fine to see everything if you leave at 10am. Just take your time driving and enjoy it. The distance isn’t far but if you want to walk around at all the sights then it does take a while. Hope that helps with your planning!

      Safe travels 🙂

      Cheers,
      Cole

  12. Lynne

    December 23, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    P.S. Lived in NZ for 2 years way back in the 70’s. Loved the country and the people. Beautiful place, so pristine. Want to go back there someday. Some of the nicest people on the planet live there.

  13. Stacy

    April 3, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Hi: Is it possible to drive by myself to Thorsmork?

  14. Zahid Shafiq

    April 21, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    I plan a stopover in Iceland for a day (half-a-day, really!)om May 6, 2014.

    The plane lands at 6:40am, and the flight out is 4;10pm the same evening (couldn’t get a later flight, unfortunately).

    my question is: Can i do the Glden Circle in this time, keeping in mind that I will have to report back to the airport at 3pm ?

    If yes, how. Taxi? rent-a-car? Any idea of the costs associated with these options?

    Thanks for your advice.

    Regards

    • Cole Burmester

      April 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Hey Zahid,
      I think you could but you will need to hurry and might not get as much time as you possibly would want at each of the major stops. Renting a car is best and a small car will be fine in May as there shouldn’t be any snow.
      Enjoy it!

      • Nancy C

        February 23, 2015 at 9:17 AM

        I’m wondering what car rental company you would recommend? One charges 28 cents/km, which would add up fast if doing the south coast, Golden Circle and KEF to Reykjavik round trip.

  15. Samuel Wilson

    June 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Hi Cole,

    I am heading to Iceland to go to the All Tomorrows Parties but wanted to explore a bit beforehand too. I’ll be in the capital but wanted to know what you thought about getting out into the wilderness with a tent and a hired car. If so, where should I go if I wanted to see the spectacular sites and pitch up a tent.

    I’m accompanied with 2 friends and will be there in July.

    Thank you in advance!

    Sam

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  17. April Yap

    January 12, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    This post looks amazing. Love the photos! 😉 We have a plan to visit Iceland and this is a good idea for us to experience. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Micheal A

    September 3, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    This is a wonderful experience share and advice for the Iceland. Its my dream to visit there.

  19. Susan

    October 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    I love the photos! You really know how to take a good picture. Iceland always been my dream palce to visit. Do you know the best time to visit that place?

  20. Denis

    February 12, 2017 at 2:33 AM

    Fully agree on the car type, unless really snowy best is to go for cheapest and most ecofriendly version of the car=)

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Let’s Do A Road Trip In Europe Fin

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Its that time of year again. It is the holidays and vacation, mirth and much merriment is upon us. Those of us who are lucky are able to take a few days to a few weeks off for vacation and can enjoy it abroad or do a staycation. A trip abroad is probably preferred, there’s so much to see and do, it would a pity to while the days away in your own hometown.

Get a move on, grab your bags, get a ticket and jump on a plane to Europe. When you get there, rest for a bit and begin your road trip. Nothing beats traveling on the road and taking all the sights that nature has to offer while stopping by at different locations.

Remember, a road trip can be very feasible and pleasant if it is done right. Make sure to have your car inspected, checked and ready to go for a long distance road trip.

You’ll want to make sure that you have your oil checked and your tires as well. Proper tires from suppliers such as Kwik Fit will get you squared away and ready to hit the road.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Grossglockner

One of the top places that you’ll want to go is in Austria. There’s this little spot called Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, this spot is one that is talked about by road trip aficionados of all kinds.

The Grossglockner is the opposite of what it sounds like, it’s not gross at all, it’s quite pleasant actually.  The path will take you through different sights ranging from mountain tops to rivers, to rock formations and more. What’s fun about this place is that you will also be able to have different changes in the road itself, it is not just one straight path but one that is filled with turns and changes to keep you from getting bored.

Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is a place that won’t disappoint, it has food, culture, and history to keep you company. Italy also has beautiful sights all over too. One of the best places to drive through would be the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast has everything you could possibly want, beaches, cliffs, and beautiful fishing villages. The place is not only beautiful in nature but in culture as well. One can check out the Cathedrals, Villa Rufolo, engage in some boat tours for a quick respite from their road trip and also view the Sirenuse from afar.

Portugal – The Estoril Coast

Drive from Italy, pass by countries such as France, Spain and reach the destination of Portugal. You will find the climate and the overall setting over here to be appealing.  On your way to this beautiful place, make sure to check out popular spots such as Lisbon and other prominent locations such as Sintra. The Estoril Coast was home to the nobility of ages past and even to those that we see as nobility today, celebrities, wealthy people and tourists with a couple of euros or dollars to their name stop by this place and immerse themselves in the manmade and natural attractions that this place has to offer.

Don’t Hesitate, Time Stands Still For No One

Time is slipping, check out budget and look into which part of Europe you want to stick to. Make the decision and take the trip, it will be a great refreshment and you will be glad you were able to have the experience. Take a few snapshots and indulge in the experience of #RoadtripsofEurope

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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

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Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

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Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.
  • www.middleearthtravel.com

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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