Starting Location: Egilisstaðir, Iceland
Ending Location: Hofn, Iceland
Distance Traveled: approx. 250 KM
While it appears that we had a light day distance wise, they were slow KM and it still took us over 4 hours to arrive at our location. “Why did you take so long?” you ask. Well, there were a lot of twists and turns on our route today. Additionally, the wind was blowing at over 50 KM for most of our trip. While it may have been a beautiful blue sky – it was cold!
Hotel: I have to say that last night we stayed in the best hotel so far. It is a 100 year old farmstead that has been turned into a hotel and a fine dinning establishment. I wish I could say I spent hours over guide books to find it, but the truth is, they had a website. So, I suppose the internet is good for business. http://www.egilsstadir.com/ So if you ever happen to find yourself in this part of Iceland, it is well worth a stay.
Stop 1: After a great breakfast (they actually had hot eggs and sausage on the buffet) we headed over a snowy pass to the town of Seyðisfjörður. It is a beautiful little town on a fjord or fjörður.
Non- Stop 2: There really wasn’t a solid stop # 2 until the very end of the day. The intervening time was spent seeing one fjord after another. Each of them beautiful in their own right. Here is a panoramic photo…
Non-stop 3: Many of the roads run right along the bottom of the mountains. Many of the mountains have hundreds of feet of gravels sloping along their base. We have determined that the world will never run out of rocks and gravel. While determining the volume of all the gravel in Iceland we were fortunate to miss a real life landslide by a few minutes. The dust was still clearing when we turned a corner at 80 KM. Note in the picture, we are in the oncoming lane – the land with the boulders was our original lane.
Final stop of the day: We arrived in Hofn and decided to hold off check in until we checked out a local glacier lagoon. A glacier lagoon is where the glacier ends, a lagoon forms and large pieces of ice float in the water.
Quote of the day: “Who opened a bag of fish in the car?” The answer is, I did. Icelanders enjoy dry salted fish pieces as a snack. I have been trying a different one each day. Well, today’s was so pungent that the minute I opened the bag, the others complained vehemently. Ik vind dem lekker!
Plan for tomorrow: We head toward Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland where we will spend two nights (something we haven’t done in four nights). It is very near the active volcano and even had a few millimeters of ash on Thursday. We have checked everything and we are still clear to go there. Our mere arrival in town will increase the town’s population by 1.5%!