Around Iceland in 10 days. Days five and six: Egilsstaðir to Akureyri

Around Iceland

48 hours is a long time when you are traveling but that’s how long it has been since I last sat down to tell you about what we’ve been up to. At the moment we’re in Akureyri, staying at the top floor of the Icelandair hotel and the view from our room is amazing. I could sit here all day and stare out the window but that’s not why we are here. I might have to come back for that though.

We left Egilsstaðir in slightly better weather than we had experienced the day before and headed west towards Vopnafjörður. We hadn’t gone far when we hit a snowstorm that had me a little bit worried for while simply because we didn’t see a thing. It didn’t last long though and before we knew it spring was on the horizon again. After checking out Vopnafjörður we took a dip in the hot tubs at Selárdalslaug, a really nice pool just outside Vopnarfjörður that is free to visit and there are no guards that mind it. It’s located in a little valley, next to the river Selá, and it was surprisingly clean and lovely. Next we headed towards Bakkafjörður, a village of about 80 people, and watched the waves break on the old harbor in the strong northern wind. After Bakkafjörður the road turned into a gravel road and remained that way more or less until we got Þórshöfn.

We had a reservation at Ytra Lón Farm Hostel and arrived there only about 4 hours after we originally planned to be there. Halldóra, the lovely woman  who greeted us was very patient with us and did never make us feel like we had done her a big disservice by arriving so late. She took us to meet the animals on the farm, many of which had only been born in the last week and a half, but Ytra Lón has about 400 sheep and this is the height of the lamb season. I don’t know if it’s actually called the lamb season.

Next Halldóra took us on a tour around Langanes peninsula and to make a long story short, because I’m going to tell you more about it in a separate post, it was fantastic. She took us all the way to Fontur lighthouse, which is on the tip of Langanes and probably as far from Reykjavík as you can possibly get on land. She even sang us a little song in the lighthouse to demonstrate the acoustics and when we got back to Ytra Lón I confined to Helga that the moment almost made me teary-eyed out of pure joy. “Oh my god, me too” she answered. I can’t tell you why it had such a profound impact on us both but I can imagine it is because our little day trip (that actually happened at night) was everything I hoped this whole trip would be: Something unique and oh so wonderful.

Today we woke up and had breakfast with Halldóra and decided against doing a hike to Rauðanes like we had planned due to bad weather conditions and my health but Helga’s stupid flu has decided that it’s my turn and I’ve been feeling rotten all day. Instead we drove to Ásbyrgi, where we took a little walk, and then drove towards Mývatn where Helga bathed in Grjótagjá, naked of course, and we looked at some mud geysers by Námafjall. Because I’m not feeling good and I’m doing all the driving we kind of hurried through Mývatn and only did a quick stop at Goðafoss waterfall. The against my better judgement (I wanted to stay in bed with tea but Helga wouldn’t have it) we went out for dinner and cocktail which I will without a doubt pay for tomorrow. I already am actually, I really do feel quite bad.

So that’s it for the last 48 hours. A lot happened and very little all at the same time. One of the things that happened is that I misplaced my camera cable which is why you’ll only get photo from my phone from today.

Vopnafjörður

Vopnafjörður

Bakkafjörður

Bakkafjörður

Abandoned farm in Langanes

Abandoned farm in Langanes

Abandoned farm in Langanes

Abandoned farm in Langanes

Vetrarblóm or Winterflower

Vetrarblóm or Winterflower

Gannets

A Gannet colony on a cliff in Langanes

Langanes

Langanes

Land Rover

Our trusted vehicle that took us around Langanes

Fontur Lighthouse

Fontur Lighthouse

Driftwood

Driftwood – notice the new redder ones at the bottom

Svartfuglsegg

Svartfuglsegg

Some buildings at Ytra Lón and snow

Some buildings at Ytra Lón and snow

A lovely lady at Ásbyrgi shop that makes really pretty and cheap Lopapeysur

A lovely lady at Ásbyrgi shop that makes really pretty and cheap Lopapeysur

Ásbyrgi

Ásbyrgi

Námafjall geysers

Námafjall geysers

A very yummy cocktail we had at Strikið in Akureyri

A very yummy cocktail we had at Strikið in Akureyri

 

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2 thoughts on “Around Iceland in 10 days. Days five and six: Egilsstaðir to Akureyri

  1. Ivo

    Ahh, starting from this post I have really sentimental feelings. If I recall right, in the beginning of the last August I was sitting at the same table at Ásbyrgi shop where the lady in the photo is sitting. Good memories from my hitchhiking trip to the north. Would love to come back this summer.
    Have fun and enjoy your trip!

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  2. Anna

    Hi. We’ve enjoyed reading your blogs and look forward to the extra details. We’re busy planning our summer trip and are struggling to choose between an extra day in the area of Kirkjubaejarkaustur-to-Skaftafell and an extra day in the Myvatn area. We will hopefully have two nights in each place anyway, hoping to do a glacier walk before Vik (Solheimajokull) and to maybe do the day-excursion to Lakagigar, Skaftafell national park, and Jokulsarlon, and to see as much as possible around Myvatn. For first-time Iceland visitors, what do you think? (We realise we are entirely at the mercy of the weather, even in summer, so any planned day trip may not be possible). People I know who’ve been to Iceland say to get an extra night in Myvatn… but they haven’t been to Myvatn! Thanks!

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