I'll be traveling alone in Iceland for 5 days in February. I need some opinions on 2 itineraries I have come up with. No need to warn me of the dangers of driving in snow-I live in one of the snowiest cities in the world.
My main objectives for this trip are to 1-see the northern lights and 2-to see orcas in the wild.
Arrive in Reykjavik (5am)-spend the day and overnight here.
Drive to Dalvik and spend day 2 and 3 (I have a friend who owns property up there)
Drive to Grundarfjordur and spend day 4, overnight here
Drive back to Reykjavik spend the day and leave in the afternoon/evening.
I'm either planning on the Blue Lagoon the first or last day, and also possibly the Golden circle one of those days as well, weather depending.
Arrive in Reykjavik -spend the day, overnight
Day 2-golden circle, overnight in Reykjavik
Day 3 drive to Grundarfjord, overnight 2 nights
Day 5, return to Reykjavik, blue lagoon
Is it worth seeing the golden circle sights if the weather is not good?
I'm leaning towards Itinerary 2 as it's less driving, and I can always come back during spring/fall and see my friend in Dalvik. But-I heard the Northern Lights are better up there-not sure if that's true (as opposed to the Snaefellsbaer peninsula). And I heard the drive is beautiful, although I'm not sure how much I'll be able to see if it's buried under snow.
Also-any recommendations for restaurants or shops in Reykjavik?