|Denise and David in Europe
Iceland - Vik, Hofn, Egilsstaoir
updated 6 October 2016
Thursday 6 October - Gullfoss to Vik
What a day! From dawn to
dusk, we were out on the nature trail: a
crater, several waterfalls, an unexpected glacier,
860 stairs, a Viking shoot and an arch.
On the way out of Gullfoss we head
towards the mountains in the distance.
Back past the pools at Geysir
where we saw the geysir erupting yesterday...
on to Kerið which is a volcanic
crater lake located in the Grímsnes area, a place of
legends and mythical beings. Notice the pure
blue water. This area is reminiscent of Tower
Hill in Victoria. We walked the 1.5 km around
the top of the crater. .
views of the surrounds from the rim. A
nearby neighbourhood below.
We were not too far from the town
of Selfoss which has about 26,000 people (one of the
biggest towns in Iceland!)
We filled up the car and dropped
in at a supermarket to buy some cheap(er)
food. In restaurants and off the beaten track
everything, I mean EVERYTHING - is about double the
price or more than you would expect to pay in
Melbourne. In the supermarket, it is a little
over Melbourne's retails price for many things.
Some example of prices.
Dinner at a standard restaurant - even if just a
hamburger/chips/veges - is at least 4000 ISK for two
(Icelandic Kronar) ~ AUS$50 for two. Don't get
me started on a good restaurant!
Back to our journey.
Pictured below a snapshot of the phone to show you
our Google instructions... Interesting
alphabet in Iceland.
Pictured below waterfall number 1
- The Seljalandsfoss waterfall. We could see
it from about 10km away in the distance so this
would be a beauty up close. We were able to
walk behind it. It was .... how would you
We walked along the base of the
mountain passing two smaller waterfalls and this one
(pictured below). Hard to see nested between
the rocks. But was worth the walk.
We spent quite a bit of time here
and so did a lot of other people. Although the
place was not swarming with bus loads of tourists as
much as yesterday.
Back on the road. The
scenery keeps on coming. These mountains are
immense and photographs do not do them
justice. The buildings to the left are an
indication of how tall the mountains are.
Waterfall number 3.
Skógafoss. This was tremendously high and the
volume of water hitting the ground was
We decided to climb to the top of
more about that in a minute. Here is the view
from the top. See how teeny weeny the cars are.
Views in all directions.
There was still a little way to go
if you wanted to see another smaller waterfall that
feeds into Skógafoss. However you will
have to climb a barb-wire fence. I'm
afraid David severely struggled to get over.
What you don't see is the 15 people waiting to climb
over. David got stuck on the fence for what seemed
like forever before Den to the rescue!.
ED: Note that to get back
over the fence, there was a point in the fence where
David could get through without having to climb over
the fence again. A much easier task!
David was so happy. However as Den likes a challenge
she climbed back over the fence. What you don't see
is that the other side of the fence slants the wrong
way so you feel like you are falling backwards and
that is what threw David.
Finally the view from the second
waterfall on top of Skógafoss.
Back to the views and ready for
the climb down. Note how high up we
were. 430 steps up.... 430 steps down.
Here is a gem discovered after Skógafosss
- an ice topped mountain
then..............a large glacier. We diverted
to get a closer look. Just like in New
Zealand's south island but a lot bigger! It
was the Sólheimajökull Glacier. An unexpected
Eileen - look.... we saw ice and
snow at last!
This location was more remote than
others we have been to to date - even the glacier
was packed and we nearly couldn't find a parking
Pictured below the best scenic
look out ever! Not too many tourists
here. It is late in the day and extremely cold
and windy so not so many people about. It is
totally in the middle of nowhere. Look at the
views of the black sand beach from several hundred
metres above the Southern Coast of Iceland.
Pictured below - What the heck is
this? We need a close up..... seem
to be a Viking film shoot. WOW!
Pictured below - our final site
for the day - 'The Arch' from the end of the walk.
Exhausted we slipped into Vik for
Friday 7 October - Vik to Hofn
Pictured below our accommodation
for the evening. We were number 35... of
course we were the last room from the car
park! The rest of the hotel was behind
me. That is where dinner and brekky would
be. Need the brolly to get there.
Take a look at this.
No it's not the moon but it may as well
be. Someone must have been doing donuts
out here but David commented that it was crop
And when you turn to your left
this is what you see. The mountain
behind us was actually an Island and is in fact
called The Island. To think this was all sea
millions of years ago.....
Be careful to stay on the
road. Where is the road?
The terrain changes again to mossy
mounds. The moss growing over the rocks
gives this area almost a non earth like landscape.
The next two picture are
Fjaorargljufur Canyon - 2 million years old, 100
meters deep and 2 kilometers long.
You can see the car park on the
left in the distance. This marks the start of
another day with lots of walking.
This one was taken at ground
Not far from the main road,
Scenery continues as we continue
our driving. Get a load of the house. That is quite
Stopping by the side of the road
to take in this beauty. The clouds have
cleared. Could this be the night we see the
stars and dare I say, the Northern Lights?
Here are some curious buildings
that are half buried. There have been quite a
few of these buildings, sheds and even houses that
we have seen along the way. Some of them look like
they are the result of an old lava flow and others
look like they may have been purposely build this
way. You decide.
Our first Glacier today.
More to come.....
Pictured below - glaciers
Skaflafellsjokull to the left and Svinafellsjokull
to the right.
Vantnajokull National Park extends
a long way and is home to many glaciers. Here
are only two of them. Magnificent even
closer. This one is called
Skaftafellsjokull. It is a 1.8 km walk from
the visitors centre for a closer view.
It was getting late in the day so we had to make tracks. Our last scenic point of the day - Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon - Magnificent!
Our view from our guest house this
evening. Not too shabby.
Finally tonight on our fifth night in Iceland, the sky was clear and there were a gazillion stars in the sky. Looking up we saw a glow move around the sky. Denise had finally found her "Northern Lights". As David goes to sleep, Denise is staring at the sky in the freezing cold for several hours! Denise was in heaven.
Saturday 8 October - Hofn to Egilsstaoir
A much easier day today.
Pity about the weather.
Pictured above... this as good as
it gets. The town of Hofn.
Last night we had dinner at this
restaurant in Hofn - right on the harbour.
Hofn - The dock
Pictured below - Now where was
that mountain pass? Ohhhhhhhh...... now
this is what we call service! They drilled a
tunnel right through the base of the mountain.
It goes, it goes, it goes...... it
just goes! About 2 kilometers long.
Later in the day we found the
sister tunnel - which was 6 kilometers
long. It just kept going.
Pictured below the rugged beauty
of the East Coast.
It was pretty wet and misty today
as you can see but it had a beauty all of its own.
and when I turn around ........
Another fishing village follows -
Djupivogur. We thought it was the best place
for lunch. Eateries are few and far between.
Pictured below a view of a fjord.
About 20 kms from our destination now.
Nice catch David..... snow not far
View down the Valley just before
we hit Egilsstaoir.
And there she is -
Egilsstaoir. This was the final stretch and
also after another tunnel drive.
It would be a quiet night tonight. Dinner at a nearby restaurant - everything is within walking distance. Pizza - yum and some TV.
It was pretty wet and cloudy so we
doubt there will be a northern lights display this
evening. There also is a lot of street lighting here
and lighting around the hotel which doesn't help.
Tomorrow onto Lake Myvatn - no
street lights - no nothing!