Iceland Road Trip Part II
So our Iceland road trip continues with us leaving Höfn, pronounced like a hiccup, and headed off for the 200km drive to the even smaller fishing town of Vìk -population 300. Along the the way we planned to stop off at Svartifoss to see the basalt waterfall followed by a few stops we missed on the way to Höfn.
The sun was shinning and the wind was a little strong but with my careful driving we passed iceberg lagoon again and arrived at the national park where we were to hike the 45min up to the Svartifoss waterfall. So up we went and what a great walk it was, a little muddy at times, but the wind dyed off just enough to make the spectacular views assessable. We took our few snappies, had a bit of fun with the waterfall and then headed back down for a picnic lunch of breakfast sandwiches.
Next stop was a ruin stone in middle of no where…as is most of iceland anyway.
Then off arrived at tiny Vìk, situated on the oceans edge at the base of the Katla volcano, to a welcoming gale force wind coming off the icey ocean. We walked down to the black sand beaches but ended up being blown back each time. It was definitely to chilly for any more exploring and with the sun setting now at around 3-4pm we retreated to our hotel for a spot of dinner. Being such a small deserted town the hotel restaurant was the only one open but it only had us and one other couple for the entire evening. Jevan took advantage of this and suitably quized the waitress on her experiences during the eruption in 2010 of Eyjafjallajökull – which is only 10 minutes down the road and under the same ice caps as Katla. They definitely breed them tough up here as she didnt seem too fussed by the whole eruption and made it out as a usual thing Icelandic people deal with…like us Australians and all the poisonous creatures we have.
We all sat around and watched a movie that night as a small snow blizzard raged outside limited our ability to venture outdoor without losing some fingers or toes.
The next morning we awoke to what i can only describe as a white Christmas winter wonder land around us. The snow had stopped falling so we had our fun trying to skate down the street on the icey roads up to the church on the hill overlooking Vìk. Took a few snappies, threw a few snow balls and headed back down to checkout and scrape the snow and ice off the car. Although the white powdery snow everywhere was beautiful i was feeling quite nervous about driving on the slippery roads that were also blanketed in powder and ice.
We made our way back down to the black sand beach one last time and watched the waves come in and got a few rock souvenirs.
Next we carefully, slowly made our way around the hill to the basalt caves for a look climb and look around. Again i felt very nervous and uneasy, not for theroad conditions p, but because above the cave, up the tall cliffs were hundreds and hundreds of birds…ducking and weaving and all wanting to take a big dive bomb shit on me no doubt.
With a miracle i survived without a spec of bird shit on me, we slowly drove our way back to Reykjavik to end our great road trip. The scenery this time was completely different from when last passed a few days earlier. Instead of ash, grass and lava fields there were perfectly smooth fields of snow…it felt like a whole new road.
We stopped off at the base of Eyjafjallajökull and could see how much the mountain had been effected, based on the nearby photos pre eruption.
We safely arrived at Reykjavik, dropped the car off and headed back into the city and chilled out a bit before heading over to Jevan and Oli’s place to cook a nice dinner.
And so ended our memorable and amazing roadtrip through Icelands southern coast. Next time we come back we will be venturing up north to the more volcanic active locations…that smell like egg (sulpher- this you smell around a lot in iceland). One of the best adventure I have ever been on , I’m sure not many people can say they have driven through lava, ash, ice, snow and glacial fields of Iceland just for a bit of fun….if you haven’t I’d highly recommend it!
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