Iceland Roadtrip Volcanoes and Northern Lights.
I’ll give a quick word update of our Iceland roadtrip before I let the photo’s speak for themselves. We started off in Reykjavik and headed off to Varmahlíð, winding up through the lovely mountains and arriving at our destination a few hours later. Not much to see in Varmahlíð but about 30 minutes down the road we found some grass roofed houses and a nice little seaside village of Sauðárkróki. We only really were after staying the night here as it was inbetween our next destination. Our next destination was the capital of the north, Akureyri, which has a lovely harbour surrounded by high mountains. We had two nights in Akureyri. We set off for a small town outside of the city, Húsavík, on our first day to go whale watching. We saw a hump back whale do a flip 5 times out of the water and a Minki whale plodding along. I also got sea sick….
Day 2 of Akureyri we went for a hike up the side of a mountain attempting to get to Lambi hut which is a staging point for a summit hike to the highest mountain in Northern Iceland. We didn’t end up making the hut due to the weather starting to close in. We decided to give up after a long hike and headed back to town.
We left Akureyri early to get to Mývatn early to see the volcanic landscape full of bubbling mud pools, steaming blue lakes, lava flows, craters and big steam vents that smell like farts.
On our way from Mývatn to our next nights accommodation in Seyðisfjörður, the east Fjords. On the way we drove within 70km of the current Iceland Eruption. We could see the eruption ploom in the distance and see it rise up into the sky and spread out with the wind. We got to Seyðisfjörður and first thing we noticed was the haze from the eruption settling ino the Fjord. Rachel had booked us into a nice little cabin just on the edge of the Fjord. The first night we sat in the hot tub on the deck and saw a lovely northern lights show over the cabin. Day 2 we headed up the mountain for a very, very, very steep hike to a lake that is frozen most of the year. We hiked so high we were walking across snow and saw about 30 waterfall – total hike was 16km but at times it was almost a straight climb up a mountain side…. my knees shook a bit.
That’s it for now. Enjoy the snappies.