The last day of this trip was the hard-driving day: we spent more than 4 hours on the road and drove 300 km.
Vík í Mýrdal
One of my big wishes in Iceland was to see puffins. Vík í Mýrdal supposed to be one of the places famous not only for its black sand beaches and Gothic views, but also for big colonies of puffins nesting on the cliffs. They recommended to go there early in the morning, around 7-8 am, before the puffins leave to catch fish. They return at about 7 pm, but we could not wait for so long: we had about 300 km ahead. Out only chance was to see the puffins in the morning. When we arrived at the beach, it was incredibly windy and cold. We had to put on all the clothes we had, therefore my look on the photos is a bit ridiculous. We walked along the beach looking up onto the cliffs hoping to see the puffins, but unfortunately we didn’t have any luck. However, waking up so early was at least rewarded by the empty beach. Other tourists started arriving at around 9 am. Make a mental note that you have to be at the Vík í Mýrdal beach before that time if you want to have the beach all to yourself.
Right next to Vík í Mýrdal you can visit the Dyrholaey viewpoint. Actually, you can even walk there along the beach from Vík í Mýrdal. If you drive there with a car, the parking is for free and you can also find a big and clean restroom with automatic control access (the price is about 200 ISK which is probably the standard price for this service). If you have 4×4, from there you can also visit the Dyrholaey Lighthouse. For smaller cars the road is inaccessible.
Some roads to the beaches were closed in May because of the puffins having nesting season. Some people say, you can see puffins as well at the nearby Reynisdrangar cliffs or Hálsanefshellir Cave.
For us, watching the puffins stays ob our TODO list for the next time we visit Iceland. Maybe, it really makes sense to take the puffins Express-Boat Tour to Akurey which departs from Reykjavik and costs about 44 Euro: https://guidetoiceland.is/de/island-urlaub/papageientaucher-tour-island
The Blue Lagoon
Our last action, intentionally left as such, was the spa session in the Blue Lagoon. Anticipating the driving-intensive trip, already before your Iceland tour we booked the tickets to the Blue Lagoon for the last evening in this charming country. Looking back at this experience I have to admit that this was a 100% right decision! Our second choice would have been the Secret Lagoon (http://secretlagoon.is/) but it was situated more far away from the airport and was not as milky-blue-appealing as the Blue one. In spite of the more than double-price, we decided that we deserved this famous spot as a reward for our trip.
The Blue Lagoon is open daily, 365 days a year, from 8 am till 10 pm (https://www.bluelagoon.com/plan-your-visit/opening-hours/ )
On the website you can plan your visit up and book the ticket in advance. There is sufficient space outside for parking. The tickets early in the morning and late in the evening are the cheapest. We took a 9 pm ticket and were allowed to stay until about 10:30 pm. In the standard package the following is included: a towel (you can ask for the second one if the first go wet), shampoo and conditioner for your hair, a welcome drink (which you’d rather enjoy in the middle of the hot bath) and a facial silica mask which you can get in the farthest corner of the pool. It is important to take your flip flops with you. By the way, before you get into the water, you are offered to wash your hair and to use the nourishing conditioner. Think twice before doing that, as though it is hot in the water, your head stays the whole time out of the water and the air temperature in the evening drops to about 10-15 degrees Celsius…
Relaxed, content and crisp-clean we left the area with the fulfilling feel of successfully completed girls holiday, went to the hotel and after a short sleep left to the airport to leave this beautiful and impressing country for Berlin.