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    • Day 5

      Day 5 - Glaciers & Icebergs

      May 15, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Our room at Eyjar Fishing Lodge was so hot that we had to have the window open all night. I was awoken at 5am by the pleasant sound of waders (not fishermen’s boots) singing.

      By 7.30am we were making breakfast of coffee & toast in the hunting lounge. An hour later we were packing up the Duster when the owner appeared from his cottage attached to the lodge.

      He was in his 40’s, had dark lank greasy hair & an ill-fitting tracksuit that emphasised his moobs & belly. He was a real life Jack Torrance from The Shining. We thanked our lucky stars that we had survived the night. Jack informed us that the roads to the east & north were snowed in. Luckily we we were heading west & as we drove off all we could hear was “Here’s Johnny” ringing in our ears.

      Before we had rejoined Route 1, we chanced upon a flock of reindeer, the 1st we had seen in Iceland. We continued west around the Ring Road & took a very minor detour to Djúpivogur to see their ‘famous’ public art installation Eggin í Gleðivík. It was 34 underwhelming oversized eggs sitting along the harbour wall, each representing the 34 local bird species. The highlight in the town was another herd of reindeer relaxing on the town’s football field.

      We continued along the Ring Road towards Hofn on what was undoubtedly the most spectacular scenery we had seen so far on the trip. Green & black majestic mountains with cascading waterfalls on the right side of the road & black sand beaches on the left.

      We arrived in the nondescript town of Hofn & bought some provisions in Netto & fuel, because there would be no petrol stations for the next 200 kilometres. Fully refreshed & stocked up we returned to Route 1 & continued west.

      Not too far down the road, we spotted the tongue of a glacier, Hoffellsjökull. The signpost told us that it was a 4.5 kilometres drive to the glacier lake. Unfortunately 4 kilometres were over a rocky lichen field with just a partial track to follow. We eventually arrived at the glacier & unsurprisingly we were the only ones there. We took a few photos, then picked our way back to Route 1.

      Relieved to have rejoined the Ring Road without a puncture or damage, we put our foot down to the Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The moment you pull into the car park your eyes are immediately drawn to the staggering beauty of the icebergs drifting in the lagoon. We wandered along the shoreline mesmerised by the sight & the seals swimming around them.

      Glacier Lagoon facts : The lagoon is 248 metres deep making it the deepest lake in Iceland & the surface area is 18 square kilometres. The icebergs are composed of ice over 1,000 years old.

      After marvelling at the icebergs, we shared a hotdog then returned to the car & drove across the road to Diamond Beach. The name needs no explanation as chunks of glistening icebergs were washed up on the shore’s black sand.

      Having felt like we had witnessed something quite special, we continued west to Skaftafell, a part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park. We parked in the car park & attempted to pay for a park parking ticket, but after 20 minutes we had still been unsuccessful, so we gave up & will risk the consequences.

      After getting our bearings at the Information Centre, we chose to walk up to Svartifoss (Black Falls) described as a stunning moody-looking waterfall flanked by geometric basalt columns. It was a 3.8 kilometre round trip up & down a mountain, but the bleak beauty of Svartifoss made it well worth the trip.

      Returning to Duster, we had a final hours drive to our accommodation for the night, Adventure Hotel Geirland. Upon arrival we took advantage of the Happy Hour with a beer. On the downside, we unwittingly engaged in conversation with an American ‘Adventurer’ who had a bald head covered in tattoos. He looked like a white supremacist who wouldn’t think twice about conducting a mass killing spree. He told us that he couldn’t imagine what the UK was like & he had some very disparaging opinions about Icelandic women that he shared with his fellow Adventurer diners. To top it all we overheard him order a Caprice salad starter, followed by mains of the beef burger & the lamb shank. Greedy bastard!!!

      We returned to our basic room for crackers & cheese & a couple of G&Ts.

      Song of the Day: Glacier by John Grant.
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      Andy and Teresa Mays  You tease!!

    • Day 116

      Laugar to Hella

      October 21, 2021 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

      Wir brechen heute Morgen um 8.15 Uhr auf und fahren 6.5 Stunden nach Hella.
      Unterwegs frühstücken wir auf einem Pass (🥶). 45 Minuten vor unserer Unterkunft, kaufen wir ein letztes Mal für die kommenden 6 Tage ein.

      Vier Nächte verbringen wir nun auf einem Bauernhof, abgelegener gehts wohl kaum. 😅 Doch wir erhoffen uns, die Polarlichter hier besser sehen zu können.

      Ps: Die Isländer sind kriminelle Autofahrer. Sie überholen bei jeder Gelegenheit. Heute sind wir beinahe Zeugen eines Crashs geworden.
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      Traveler  😍

    • Day 117

      Kerid Crater & Reykjavik

      October 22, 2021 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

      Um 8.15 Uhr gehts heute Morgen los Richtung Kerid Crater. Nach gut einer Stunde kommen wir dort an. Zum ersten Mal überhaupt bezahlen wir für eine Sehenswürdigkeit einen kleinen Eintritt.
      Der Kerid Crater existiert seit ungefähr 6500 Jahren. Er steht unter Naturschutz. Der Kratersee ist zwischen 7 und 15 Meter tief und entspricht immer dem Spiegel des Grundwassers.
      Dieser Vulkan entstand nicht, wie zuerst angenommen, durch eine Explosion, sondern durch immer wieder ausströmende Lava. Irgendwann ist dann mal die Magmakammer zusammengebrochen.
      Wir laufen etwa eine Viertelstunde auf der Kante des Vulkans rundherum und zum Schluss steigen wir noch bis ganz nach unten zum See hinab.

      Wir fahren dann etwa 50 Minuten weiter nach Reykjavik, der Haupt- und zugleich grössten Stadt Islands. Ausserdem ist diese die nördlichste Hauptstadt der Welt und heisst übersetzt ,Rauchbucht'. Dieser Name stammt davon, weil sich in der Umgebung viele Dämpfe von heissen Quellen bilden. Über 1/3 der Bevölkerung des Landes lebt in der Stadt.
      Das Auto stellen wir bei der Universität ab und schlendern von dort aus durch die Altstadt. Der Besuch ist etwas enttäuschend, es gibt nicht wirklich viel zu sehen, ausser der Hallgrimskirche (an der Spitze steht seit 2012 erstmals ei e Frau, die Bischöfin Agnes M. Sigurđardóttir) und das Kunstwerk „Sun Voyager“ (zum 200-jährigen Geburtstag Islands) Bei strömendem Regen marschieren wir durch die Gassen. Am Schluss gönnen wir uns einen leckeren Kaffee im Laundromat Café.
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      Traveler  isch das da, wosi e wöschmaschine hei😘??


      Traveler  jo, genau. 🙈 Mir hei aber di günstigeri Variante gwäut u Handwösch gmacht 🤣🤣🤣

    • Day 6

      Day 6 - Walking our socks off.

      May 16, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      We got up at 8am & got ready in our very basic, but so far most expensive room. We went to breakfast 45 minutes later timing it just right to avoid the Adventures including our American chum who was just leaving. We did our best to get our money’s worth of the buffet breakfast which was adequate, but not exceptional.

      Our 1st stop of the day was just up the road, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, described as a darkly picturesque canyon, carved out by the Fjaðrá river. It is particularly popular, thanks to it being the location for Justin Bieber’s video for his song, ‘I’ll Show You’. It was a kilometre walk along a trail on the southern side of the 100 metre deep canyon & then a kilometre back with plenty of excellent viewpoints. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip so far.

      Our next stop was a viewpoint in a Moss Heath. Basically Route 1 had taken us through the middle of a massive rock field that was covered in green moss that gave it a strange furry look & feel.

      We continued to Vik, the most southerly & rainiest town in Iceland. It lived up to it’s reputation & the wind was quite frankly violent. It took all our might to hang on to Duster’s doors when we got out. We found an Ice Wear Superstore & went for a browse. Jackie took fancy to a black puffa jacket, that looked too similar to her blue Rab & walking boots, costing over £200. I fancied an Icelandic wool jumper, but the cost of £154 eventually persuaded me not to get it. We left with nothing other than a couple of postcards.

      Before leaving Vik, we had a coffee, then located the Voyagers Friendship Statue, a monument wishing safe return of the people who work at sea. It is situated on the black sand beach & looks out at the jagged dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar.

      The Voyagers Friendship Statue apparently had a sister monument in Hull, UK, but it was stolen for scrap metal. You couldn’t make it up!

      We drove a further 6 miles down the road & to Reynisfjara Beach, notorious for it’s ‘Sneaker Waves’ making it the most deadliest beach in Iceland. Waves regularly drag people into the water often with fatal consequences, the last being the drowning of a Chinese woman in November 2021. Despite being battered by the wind, we braved it on to the dangerous black beach to examine close up the basalt column rock formations.

      Thinking we had done our exercise for the day, we continued west along Route 1 until we came to Sólheimasandur, where we saw 30 plus cars parked up. It was the car park for the walk to US Navy Douglas DC-3 that crash landed on the beach. We had dismissed visiting it, because guidebooks estimated it to be a 3-4 hour round trip to the plane wreck.

      Due to large number of cars we stopped to investigate & read that it was only just over 4 miles to walk there and back. We uhmmed & aahed, before I made the decision we would walk it. We set off on our wind swept glacial outwash plain to the fuselage carcass. It did look like something out of a sci-fi movie. After the obligatory photos, we route marched back, into the battering side & now slight head wind, with Jackie drafting behind me. We returned to the car having completed the 4.52 mile round trip in just 85 minutes!

      Further along the Ring Road, we found Skógafoss waterfall, which is 62 metres high & 32 metres wide. The beauty of Skógafoss was that you could walk up the valley to the base of the falls or as close as you wanted before you were saturated. Jackie chose to admire the falls from afar, while I took the walk for a few obligatory photos. There was an opportunity to climb up a path to look down on the falls, but I just couldn’t face it.

      Next stop was Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which was probably the most impressive to date, helped by the fact that the sun had come out for the day & temperatures had risen to a positively balmy 17 degrees. Seljalandsfoss is also 62 metres high, but has the added advantage of you being able to walk behind it. I courageously did, whilst Jackie watched in awe!

      After another memorable day, we headed for our night’s accommodation, but with a detour to pick up some provisions. We stopped at Hella, where we found a Vínbúðin, the state controlled liquor store, which are the only places to buy takeout booze in Iceland. We picked up a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Rum & discovered it was £54 a bottle. Instead we settled on 6 cans of Icelandic beer at just £2-3 per can. We also bought a microwaveable lasagna & Spag Bol together with garlic bread for our evening dinner.

      We arrived at South Central Guesthouse just after 6pm & discovered that we were the sole guests in the 8 bedroomed chalet. We are very pleased because for the 1st time on this trip, we had a shared bathroom. This was quite a surprise, because the closer we have got to the southwest corner of Iceland it has got noticeably busier with damn tourists.

      Song of the Day: I’ll Show You by Justin Bieber.
      (Contrary to my better judgment).
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    • Day 3


      May 23, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Am Morgen fuhren wir so nah wir konnten an das Landmannalaugar und den Vulkan Hekla heran. Der Hekla ist einer der aktivsten Vulkane in Island, welcher ohne grosse Vorwarnung ausbrechen kann. Aus diesm Grund werden wenn man das Gefahrengebiet betritt Info-SMS versendet. Bei drohendem Ausbruch würden Anweisungen folgen. Viel zusehen gab es jedoch nicht, da der Vulkan von Eis bedeckt ist und von Wolken verhüllt war.Read more

    • Day 5


      May 26, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

      Danach sind wir noch weiter rauf in das Gebirge, wir wollten noch einen weiteren Vertreter der Gattung „Foss“ – auf deutsch Wasserfall – anschauen, den Haifoss. Also weiter über die Schotterstraße…. Durch weitere Furten, immer höher hinauf.
      Bis zum Haifoss. Das ist dann schon wieder ein recht imposanter Anblick – mit Regenbogen und allen Schikanen - und die Anreise absolut wert.
      Leider war der Wind so stark und böig, dass ich mich nicht bis ganz nach vorne an die Klippe getraut habe.
      Der Blick Flussabwärts war aber auch nicht schlecht.
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      Traveler  Si ruchtig viel los war da wohl nicht? Sieht sehr einsam aus!


      Traveler  Wo der Maddin is, is immer einsam… 😉


      Traveler  Der Maddin geht am liebsten dahin wo wenig los ist oder zu solchen Zeiten.... tatsächlich war aber eher viel los..... 😉 😁

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    • Day 2


      May 22, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Von Thingvellir Park ging es weiter Richtung der Geysire. Auf dem Weg setzten wir unsere Tramper in ab, da sie eine andere Abzweigung nahm. Bei den Geysiren genossen wir die Eruptionen und den Geruch nach Schwefel. Der grösste Geysir war leider am schlafen. Von diesem kommt auch der Name Geysir.Read more

      Traveler  toll u alles isch warm bzw heiss u rücht? geht aber mega us🤗


      Traveler  ja. wasser bis 100 grad


      Traveler  mega .... aber ned zum Bade.... eher choche..... aber isch mega wie en Vulkan u mehr verschickt sicher.


      Traveler  ha grad müssen luege ean ihr für zyt händ .. retournieren stelle 3 h.... darum sind ihr no so be tageslicht unterwegs. wird nie dunkel det u chönd er denn so schlafe? schwierige Rhythmus...


      Traveler  wird eifach sehr sehr spat dunkel.

    • Day 2


      May 22, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Als letzes vor unserem Guesthouse für die Nacht ging es nach Gullfoss. Riesige Wassermassen welche sich in Form eines Wasserfalles in die Tiefen stürtzten. Es war extrem windig und wir wurden durch die die Gischt geduschtRead more

      Traveler  Gseht ned nach Photoshop us👏, momol cooli Foti


      Traveler  Schön u gigantisch top mit em rägeboge

    • Day 11


      August 24, 2021 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Gestern und heute war es ziemlich regnerisch. Zum fahren eigentlich ziemlich gut, weil sich die Schlaglöcher mit Wasser füllen und somit gut sichtbar sind (schwarze Piste mit hellbraunen Pfützen). Anhand des Brauntons lässt sich auch die Tiefe des Schlaglochs erahnen 😅. So kamen wir schneller voran als erwartet. Wir haben den Wasserfall Gullfoss und den nahegelegenen Geysir besucht und sind nun in Reykjavik angekommen. Leider haben wir nicht viel der schönen Gletscherlandschaft gesehen, weil der Nebel recht dicht war.Read more

      Traveler  😳😂


      Traveler  Das sieht ja super süß aus 😍‼️


      Traveler  Wie viele Leute sich auf den Weg dorthin gemacht haben, wow. Bisher habe ich gemeint, Ihr seid allein auf weiter Flur …!


      Traveler  Allerliebst auch, die Studien zu den Schlaglöchern 👍🏼.

    • Day 3


      October 17, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      Nachdem kurzen Stopp beim Wasserfall Foss á Síðu ging es auf der gegenüberliegenden zu den Trollsteinen. Ein kurzer Spaziergang führte dabei durch die Basaltsäulen. Im Hintergrund blitzte immer mal wieder der Foss á Síðu durch.Read more

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