Iceland Diary – 3 – Pvengillar National Park & No Snorkel Sunday…

So, we were pretty excited about snorkelling and hanging out between two tectonic plates…

By the time Sunday – our penultimate day in Iceland rolled round – and we’d felt the cold bite of a 70m storm from the moment we wake up, J and I were well and truly ready to jack the snorkelling in. H on the other hand was adamant we should go, so we wrapped up in our thermals, threw on some extra layers for good measure and, on slightly calmer roads, followed the Sat Nav to Penvgillar National Park.

We hit the information point where we were supposed to meet the snorkelling guide… only, he was nowhere to be seen, we hurried from one information tho the centre trying to locate what became known as the Bermuda Triangle of meeting points – somewhere in Pvengillar National Park there’s a car park called P5. If you ever find it, let me know? We were forty minutes late and we missed the boat (quite literally).

Still, there are worse places you could end up stuck. The drive to Pvengillar alone was breathtaking. Through miles and miles of a baron Winter wonderland until finally you hit a cattle grid and enter the park.

The scenery in Iceland means that you’re never short of something to look at. We spent hours driving around the park, taking in the scenery and decided to head home for our last night in Arkanes.

We encountered only one problem when we got home … A huge power cut hit our part of Arkanes. So we did the only logical thing. We ate more pizza, our host drove down from the farmhouse and gave us a heap of tea lights, we brought all our duvets into the lounge and spent our last night chatting, laughing and listening to an old favourite podcast… and honestly? It was perfect.

Tomorrow would see us hit the Blue Lagoon and (maybe) catch a flight home… 😉



  1. March 12, 2018 / 08:48

    That’s so frustrating about the snorkelling, but as you say, there are definitely worse places to be stuck driving round! Your night in sounds so cosy, especially with the tea lights, and when you have pizza and your best friends in a gorgeous location, what more could you need?! So excited to hear about your blue lagoon trip!
    Hels xxxxxx

    • Kate
      March 27, 2018 / 18:30

      I know, it was such a shame. The park is so big they really need a better meeting point in order to be able to find it! The night in was totally perfect, I’m still dreaming about it now!
      Kate x

  2. March 12, 2018 / 12:19

    It looks so scenic! What a shame that you had a power cut although it sounds like it made for a lovely time in the end 🙂 As you say, there must be much worse places to get stuck too! x

    Jenny | Luxestyle

  3. March 14, 2018 / 07:54

    Oh no, such a shame that you missed the snorkelling! It does sound like a nightmare to find the right meeting point!! So glad that the scenery made up for it though, what an incredible place!! Although a power cut is by no means ideal, it seems like it created a really lovely atmosphere for the end of your trip, the log cabin + tea lights sounds so cosy and cute!

    Abbey ❤️

  4. March 14, 2018 / 08:29

    Wow, I think I’m going to have to go back and read the previous days now as I’m not sure how you ended up snorkelling in Iceland! I didn’t even know that was possible! Now I’m intrigued. It’s one of the places I really want to visit 😀 x

  5. March 14, 2018 / 12:43

    This sounds absolutely wonderful – even with the powercut! It’s so great that you managed to turn what could have been a bit of a nightmare into a lovely evening. Sorry you didn’t end up going snorkeling but glad you had a lovely day anyway. Your photos are stunning xxx

  6. March 15, 2018 / 18:20

    AHHH your last night really does sound perfect 😩😍
    It’s a shame that you missed the boat, but I’m glad that you had a good day despite that!

  7. March 17, 2018 / 19:25

    It looks so, so beautiful there! Your photos are amazing!

  8. March 18, 2018 / 10:31

    Aww no so frustrating but gives you an excuse to go back and try again. I’d love to do it but hate the cold so not sure the middle of winter would be a good time for me haha.

    Steph x

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