My wife and I took a 21 day vacation to Iceland this spring. I’ve been documenting our experiences in a blog that I publish as I have a chance to look at our photos.
We did not have any particular goal in mind for May 24th, other than reach Seydisfjordur before dark. Not that it gets dark in Iceland this time of the year. The most spectacular part of the drive was along the Djupavogshreppur coast.
Once again we woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Hofn. We drove over to the grocery store to get something for breakfast and then drove back to the Nyibaer Guesthouse to have breakfast.
Before setting off for the day we decided to walk along the harbor. Fog and clouds hung over the mountains to the east. It looked like we would be driving into it.
We headed out to catch the Ring Road driving east before heading north along the east coast of Iceland. These are a few of the views we had early in the morning.
When we reached Hvalnes Nature Reserve we decided to stop and photograph the clouds hanging down over the mountains.
As we walked along the black beach we found these flowers growing among the rocks.
Heading north we encountered Iceland’s spectacular eastern coast. Djupavogshreppur has some of the most spectacular scenery you will find anywhere. We spent quite a while driving along the coast. I wish we had allotted more time to explore and photograph this rugged coastline. There was a lot of bird life on this leg of the trip. I only wish we had more time and I had pulled out my birding lens.
We found this sea stack on a black beach and spent some time walking on the beach. I decided to put on my neutral density filter and try to capture the wave patterns against the black beach.
This is one of the single lane bridges we encountered on the ring road south of Djúpivogur. It was rare to encounter a two lane bridge in Iceland outside of Reykjavik.
When we arrived in Djúpivogur we stopped to check out the town and small harbor before driving around the fiord. We came to find it very frustrating driving around fiords. We could usually see the place we wanted to go but it seemed like hours before we actually arrived.
This was a fish farm we encountered shortly after leaving Djúpivogur.
At Pverhamar we encountered a gravel portion of the Ring Road. The Ring Road continued into the highlands at on to Egilsstaðir. We decided to branch off on highway 96 and follow it along the coast. We were lucky we did because after a short drive we encountered a small heard of Raindeer.
After driving around a number of fiords we entered a long single lane tunnel before catching highway 92 into the highlands for Egilsstaðir. There was still a lot of snow. If you look closely at the third photo you can see two pair of ski tracks heading into the snow. The skiers are just dots in the middle of the photo.
By the time we reached Egilsstaðir it was getting late. We still had to drive over the mountains to Seydisfjordur so we started looking for something to eat. We noticed an N1 gas station and though about getting a hot dog but we discovered they has a veggie pizza so we gave that a try. It was really good.
After fueling up ourselves and the car we headed over the highlands to Seydisfjordur. As we neared Seydisfjordur we could see it at the end of the fiord far below us.
As we wound our way down the mountain we encountered Gufufoss Waterfall on the Fjarðará River. It is the largest of over 25 waterfalls on the river between the highlands and Seydisfjordur. It would have been great if we had time to hike along the river to view more waterfalls.
When we reached Seydisfjordur We checked into the Post Hostel. From our window we could see a beautiful little waterfall in back of the Hostel so we decided to hike up to it. That’s me in the second photo getting some close-up photos of the waterfall.
On the way down from the waterfall we had a good view of the town and the Danish Ferry that was in port. It runs between Iceland and Denmark with a stop in the Faroe Islands. It was loading a lot of buses as we walked by.
After viewing the waterfall we decided to walk around town and check out the town. Our first stop was the harbor. There were some beautiful reflections of the mountains and fishing boats.
Seydisfjordur is a small town so it didn’t take long to walk around. It was fortunate that we ate in Egilsstaðir because there wasn’t much open when we arrived.
After another long day we headed back to the Hostel.
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