Thursday, August 11, 2022

Around Iceland - Days 1 & 2

Around Iceland - Days 3 & 4

Around Iceland - Days 5 & 6

Around Iceland - Days 7, 8, & 9

Iceland, land of fire and ice. We landed the morning of Friday July 8th on an overnight flight from JFK, got our rental car and went on our way...

We immediately drove to where the Fagradalsfjall Volcano erupted in 2021 and walked around the dry lava bed area.

Two weeks after we returned home, a new volcano fissure opened up and lava flowed once again in this very same area.

still steaming from last year's eruption

From there, we drove north in a clockwise direction towards western Iceland, along the main Ring Road route.

Hraunfossar Lava Falls - note the falls coming out of the old lava bed.

We had really good lobster soup at Bryggjan Grindavik and this commercial fishing boat was docked out front.

We stayed at Bjarg Bed & Breakfast near the town of Borgarnes

This was our little house for the night at Bjarg Bed & Breakfast. Amazing views. Note the grass growing on the roof. We saw a lot of this around Iceland.

We ate at a really nice waterfront restaurant in Borgarnes called Englendingavik, that had a great fish buffett. It was one of the better meals we had that week.

Passing through Reykholt 

We spent day 2 touring around the beautiful and scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. This was the day that we had the most rain and wind. 

Ytri Tunga Beach, where you can watch seals along the rocky coastline. 

Sheep too!

our trusty Mitsubishi rental - it was a little tight for the 5 of us but we made do. 

hiking up to Bjarnarfoss waterfall

Bjarnarfoss waterfall

Budir Church

Svodufoss waterfall

Londrangar Cliffs - it was pouring rain on us and very windy at this moment.

Djupalonssandur - black pebble and sand beach

The black pebble beach, this is what it looked like up close.

icy blue waves and big shore break

the trail scenery leading up to the beach - a scene straight out of Mordor in Lord of the Rings.

Blue sky! But not for very long.

Saxholl Crater

one of the many fjords on Snaefellsnes Peninsula

A small portion of the drive around Iceland is on dirt roads.

Kirkjufell waterfall - beautiful but too bad it was raining pretty heavily at this point and we didn't have great light for photos.

That's the thing about the back and forth rain and sun in Iceland - we saw lots of beautiful rainbows throughout the week.

The view outside our window at the Bifrost Hotel - another grass covered house.

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