In Transit

It’s going to have to be a quick post and photo dump today because I have a very long drive ahead of me and didn’t have Internet at my hostel last night.

Yesterday was a day spent mostly in the car, and mostly weaving around coastal cliff sides in heavy fog that choked the fjords. It meant not much to see but there was no lack of adventure. Sheep, birds, and horses in the roads, gravelly edges that seemed designed to send a car right off, and one-lane tunnels that stretched under mountains!

I ended up in a lovely loft in hostel Osar, on the Vatsnes peninsula, known for its abundance of seals. I don’t have any iPhone photos of them because they’d just look like specs, but they were fun to watch.

Today I’m headed into the Westfjords, Iceland’s least visited region. It’s only a couple hundred miles, but it will likely take me ten or more hours because the roads are dirt and steep and weave in and out of the fjords along the cliffs. Should be another white-knuckle driving day before I get a chance to relax and do some hiking.

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The pseudo craters at Myvatn, where I started the day.

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Long tunnel through the mountain. This one was two lanes so I didn’t have to pull off quick into a tiny side pocket to let incoming traffic pass!

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Siglufjordur, the most northerly town of decent size in Iceland.

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Chatty old men!

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Just a nice roadside view.

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Iceland’s only seaside sheep enclosure.

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Watching the people watch the seals.

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Last night’s loft accommodation.

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3 Responses to In Transit

  1. Wonderfully agricultural. Love the loft! And the sheep pen. Drive safely!

  2. Perfect! We had long days in the car as we dove around Atlantic Canada the past two weeks. After a while we found ourselves allergic to the car.

  3. Greg says:

    A NOVA documentary on the Vikings says that Iceland was forested before they showed up and implies that they viewed it as an unlimited woodlot to a fault. Are you reading any confirmation of that and have you seen some evidence of re-forestation? Most of your pix while specacular and interesting show a barren landscape.

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