Day 3 – On the road again

Starting LocationReykjavik, Iceland   

Ending LocationBlönduós, 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 Blönduósoption 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

 Snaefellsjokull from the Sea.

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.

 Lava field, Hellnar, Iceland

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…

Snaefellsjokull on 7 May 2010

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.

Today’s reward shot
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.

About plimtuna

I am just an average guy trying to find his way along this journey of life. I am definitely middle aged. I am definitely happily married with a wife and two children. Personally, I have a passion for things eternal. Professionally, I have a passion for things that are securely in control.
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3 Responses to Day 3 – On the road again

  1. John Bax says:

    Tim,
    Really enjoying this blog.
    From the Bible to Iceland…

  2. Greg M says:

    Timmy, like climbing a mountain, because it’s there!

  3. Pingback: Monthly Update – May 2010 | 1 Year, 1 Book, Many People

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