Starting Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Ending Location: Blönduós, Iceland
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Introduction – I am sitting in the dinning room of the Hotel Blondus. I am watching the sun laboriously work it way down below the North Atlantic. After a long day, seeing a beautiful sunset almost makes the long trip worthwhile.
Trip Details: We awoke to another fine and perfectly grey day in Reykjavik. Packing up and heading out our big discussion of the morning was to decide our route to Blönduós: option 1 – fairly direct route 4 hours/240 KM or so, option 2: roundabout way with the inclusion of the Snæfellsnes peninsula 11 hours/500+ KM.
Well, you guessed it we picked Option 2. We headed out at 8:30 AM and took the tunnel to the long route. Our main goal was to see the famous mountain Snæfellsjökull
Before we could get to our destination, we made a few stops.
Stop 1: 1/3 of the way to Snaefellsjokull
After a couple hours of driving it was time to stretch our legs. We jumped out at a babbling stream at the side of a mountain. We were able to use the 4×4 to get very close.It was a bit misty, but the walk up hill was refreshing.
Stop 2: 2/3 the way to Snaefellsjokull
We stopped for a 1 hour hike along the seashore. It was in a town called Hellnar. It was a great hike along the bluffs overlooking breaking waves and nesting birds. The landscape was unique in that it was a location where lava flows at one time reached the sea. It was now covered in moss. We took a group photo here.
Stop 3: Arriving at Snaefellsjokull
After several hours of driving and a couple hikes we arrived at the best location to see Snaefellsjokull. Here is what we saw…
I can explain our emotion like this – imagine going to New York City to see the Empire State building and only being able to see to about the 10th floor. You know it is there, you know it is supposed to be impressive. You’ve seen photos. But you get nothing. Dejected we headed back to our original path, 125 KM to the east of where we were.
Gem of the Day: As we headed to our evening hotel destination we finally saw the sun for the day and we were able to grab this photo.
- Plans for tomorrow: We drive to Akureyri. It is supposed to be only about 2 hours away. But we have some side adventures planned.
- Quote of the Day: After 10 hours of driving, we arrive at a gas station to fill up for the next day. I ask my son to clean out our garbage from the car while I fill it up. He responds “Why do I have to clean up the garbage?” I love my son – see my post from a couple days ago.
TWO SPECIAL NOTES:
1. Many more photos are taken and will be shared. But when we get back and we have a real internet connection. We are strugling with poor hotel connections these days.
2. Today’s post was written without being able to see the results on the web. The Hotel blocked “Blogs and Personal Sites.” Something about my writing seems subversive to the Icelandic people.