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Iceland - Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Blonduos
updated 11 October 2016
Sunday 9 October - Egilsstaoir to Lake Myvatn
Views of Egilsstaoir from a nearby
vantage point. Egilsstaoir's claim to fame is
their own 'Nessy'.
Just one of the roads we wanted to
feature - this is at Snaefell area.
View of Snaefell surrounds.
Mountains and what appears to be a
volcano in the distance.
All the mountains are so different
and very picture worthy. Notice the road in
the foreground, a mere slip of a ribbon in
comparison to the grandeur of this panorama.
Dettifoss - The roar of the water
Dettifoss (to our right) drops
into the canyon below (to our left)
And there was more. This
picture taken on our walk to Selfoss our second
waterfall for the day. Selfoss is only 700
meters from Dettifoss and feeds into Dettifoss.
Selfoss - (Horseshoe shape) very
pretty. All in all a good hour or so spent at
Loved this one.
Now some time for rest and
relaxation. Myvatn Nature Bath (Jardbodn). We
stayed here a long while. The heat just right
although there was another bath that was 41C that I
liked much better. There was one pool that was
not for bathing and I think it may have been a
feeder to these pools. That pool was 100C, great for
Whilst at "the bath", we met Nina
from Zurich. A lovely lady whom we hope to
meet up again with when in Zurich next month :)
Sunset at Lake Myvatn. It's
the perfect night for Northern Lights!
Northern Lights! This was a beauty. A
little past the top of this photograph the lights
fanned out above the hotel and rippled away like a
curtain in a soft breeze. It really does take
your breath away when you see it above you and I
really needed a wider lens to get the full effect.
Not bad for a Cannon Power Shot
SX720 HS. Took a while to adjust my camera to
capture the lights. It also helped to grab the
shot when the lights were at their peak intensity.
We look forward to another viewing
tonight - weather permitting.
Monday 10 October - Lake Myvatn to Husavik and returnThe view from our hotel as we start our day trip to Husavik.
Pictured below are the beautifully extraordinary Icelandic horses. The Icelanders have kept them all to themselves to keep the breed pure. They have wonderful natures.
Looking across to the small village of Husavik on our approach.
Down on the Husavik docks. There are some really lovely old boats down here.
Loved the architecture of this cute church.
A visit to the Whale Museum unearthed a lot. A great place to find out all about different kinds of whales and those also that frequent the waters in this area of Iceland.
We thought a further drive up the coast from Husavik to the neck of the bay would reveal a nice viewing spot for whales but we found nothing and ended up driving further away from the bay so we returned to Husavik. I guess you just have to take the whale watching tour to see the whales. You need to book way in advance to get a spot and I left it too late. (Ed: David gets sea-sick - so did not mind)
Pictured below is a very interesting vehicle. We're not quite sure what it is used for but included it out of interest.
Traveling a different way back to Myvatn and we strike gravel roads.... quite a few kms of them too. Not many trees in Iceland.
A look out nearby shows off the lava fields below.
The next few pictures show off Hverir - an area full of thermal activity.
Steam coming out of the mountains.
and steam hissing rather fiercely
straight out of the ground.
The mountain literally breathing
steam from all angles. This place smelt of off
Mud pool bubbling. 80 to 100 C
A view over the rim into the
crater at the top.
Views from the top. Other craters in the distance. This Myvatn is literally pockmarked with craters.
Tuesday 11 October - Lake Myvatn to Blonduos
Today we travelled to Góðfoss
Waterfall of the Gods then onto Akureyri the second
largest city in Iceland with a population around 18,000.
Our final destination today is Blönduós a
small but quaint area
in the North of
First up was the crater walk which
was just down the road from our Hotel. A great
way to start the day... walking and fresh air.
We would be in the car most of the day.
This whole area is pock marked
with craters. A safe haven for birds and a lot of
There are not many trees in
Iceland so this was a great showcase of trees all in
a square kilometer. As you can see around the perimeter
there is nothing.
Pictured below "the waterfall of
the Gods" Góðfoss.
12 meters high. The river it flows into is 180
kms long and so is the lava flow that accompanies
it. It is the longest river in Iceland.
The scenery continues. Snow
capped mountains ahead and more to come along with a
steep mountain climb and roads that ribbon their way
through the mountain passes.
Our decent from one of those roads
opens into a beautiful fjord not far from Akureyri.
Pictured below the lovely town of
Some helpful advice from the visitors
centre in Akureyri meant we had a good lead to see
some whales without having to take a boat!
Fantastic. This is the result. Evidence that
we did in fact get to photo some Whale shots. It was
spectacular to watch but you had to be very quick
with the camera.
More below ... just before the
tail came up and disappeared again into the depths.
No it's not Nessy!
It was hard to drag ourselves away
from the whales but we had to get on the road
again.... craggy mountain tops.... and below more
snow capped mountains. We are coming into
Iceland's best skiing area.
Pictured below our destination for
the night -Blonduos guest house and a very nice meal
and a very nice guest house with a bathroom that is
nearly as big as our lounge room at home. This
is the view from the bathroom window. Nice views
from both our bedroom and bathroom windows. If
it turns out to be a clear night maybe we will get a
good view of the Northern Lights again.
This is the view from the bathroom
window. I would say it used to be a bedroom
window because it is at the front of the house.
There has been quite a bit of renovation to this old