Ice, ice road trip baby


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Off we go! So the road trip from Reykjavik to Höfn began smoother than I imagined; firstly learning how to drive on the right and second contending with the Icelandic road conditions.  Both turned out to be no trouble  at all.

The countryside was truly unbelievable, something I had never seen before in all my road trips around Australia.

Through the mountains outside of Reykjavik to the glaciers, volcanos, ash and lava fields.  The temperature was above zero and no wind so no issues with ice on road we had been warned so much about, we also had limited light in November with only the sun rising at about 10am and setting at 4pm.  The distance we had to travel was roughly 450km’s so we had not much time for stop overs along the way and the plan was that we had two nights in Höfn and one night in Vìk to explore more closely.  A few fields we drove through were clearly hit by lava or glacial floods from recent volcanic eruptions.

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We did manage to stop off at a few waterfalls, specifically one that we were able to walk behind -this was truly amazing.

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We saw maybe 20 or 30 more waterfalls falling from the mountains along the way and stopped at one more.

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We drove and drove and eventually arrived at our destination by just on sun down – but the drive there was one of the most beautiful ever. Höfn is a very cute fishing village with our hotel looking over the wharf it was interesting to see all the boats coming and going offloading fish like off the deadliest catch TV program.

We checked in and then had ourselves a big feast at a local Höfn restaurant before calling it a night.
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The next day we headed off for Jökulsárlón, iceberg lagoon, 80 km from Höfn. Well what amazing place, we were the only ones there and when we were quiet we could hear the icebergs creek and groan as they moved – it was truly majestic. There is a large lagoon at the base of a big glacier that is filled to the brim with icebergs that have broken off from the glacier and headed out to sea.We walked all around the outside taking photos and videos – even kissed a few glacial icebergs.
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Across the road is where the icebergs head out to sea and also wash up on the black sand shore, another truly amazing place.
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We unfortunately had to leave this place but we headed back to Höfn and stopped off at a few more places along the way back. That evening we did manage to see the northern lights but only got the photos on my digital SLR and I will upload them when I get home to Australia.

Tomorrow we are off to Vík to see the famous black sand beaches.
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