In this video, we cover the 4th and last part of our travel. Having completed our round trip through the east-central part of the country, this time we headed north along the western coastal region. The sun was high in the sky with intermittent floating clouds - a perfect day weather wise. The drive was much more scenic. We took a short stop at Borgarnes for a quick breakfast/lunch before entering the mountainous roads.
The amazing views !
Iceland has some beautiful beaches tooIf you do find yourself in the South of Iceland then make sure you visit the black beaches of Vik with it's long stretch of black sand and dramatic rock formations. You won't need your sun-lotion and beach towel for this beach.
Whale watching! occupied our minds since the start of the day. We had to reach Husavik from Myvatn before 3 pm, i.e. where our whale watching adventure was due to set off from. Hence, wasting no further time other than the morning freshening up and breakfast we headed off straight to Husavik.(Our mornings there usually started at 12pm for those of you I got wondering, not going by the sun since there was practically no time the sun used to fully set but by our own timings since we used to sleep not before 3am).Husavik - a small town of Iceland, where the houses were exceptionally decorated; had made way to our list for the epic adventure we were to witness, by Whale Watching!North Sailing is the cruise group we had chosen to take us to this hour long adventure mid sea to witness the whales as studied in geography and GK books before. Well here we were so lucky that we witnessed a sleeping whale that too real close, so much so our boat would have been rendered like Titanic had it decided to act agitated. An hour long mid sea venture rendered us famished, and we hopped into our, first this trip, a fine dining restaurant that went by the name Gamli Bakur.The restaurant offers great food, Icelandic delicacies. I am talking Icelandic sea food here, brilliance it was that went into our stomach.
Day 1 - Keflavik & ReykjavikWe left the airport at around 4pm and headed towards the capital city of Reykjavik, for anyone I left wondering; the airport is in Keflavik not in Reykjavik. The city of Reykjavik, is a European beauty that nestles the entire population of the country during winters. The same boasts of a very pretty sea front, a grand shopping mall and the offices of many companies like Deloitte etc.
After walking inside the ice caves, we were now yearning for the northern lights, Iceland. We were now headed for the Northern Lights capital Mývatn. We had really high hopes for tonight. On a nice sunny morning the terrain started like this.
Town is called Stykkishólmur and from the lighthouse on the hill, you will be able to overlook the whole town in a bird eye view! Not only that, you could also overlook the fjords and glaciers along Breiðafjörður, AND THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING! *insert heart shaped eyes* The entire journey(13hours) was so scenic! Totally understand why it is called Iceland in Miniature.
Day 4: 20th July: Svartifoss-Jokursarlon- Hofn-Lake Myvtyn(NS)
Then the downhill just got plain fun…It maybe would have been a better plan going up this side – it’s really, really steep, but covered in scree and so an absolute nightmare to go down in any sense of safety. But we did, partly using “paths” that were there, and partly just wandering down through routes that looked like the rock surface was going to be stable enough. Once we’d worked our way down and off the hill (a bit over 200 metres, so nothing huge, but still a decent little climb from not much above sea level), we went a bit further up the coast, first to Akranes, where we didn’t really stop properly, but drove through and had a look around, and then on up to Borgarnes, where we did.
The camp site brought us face to face with the party folks of Iceland, the young and the reckless were putting up there which deferred our sleep time by a bit but tiredness soon made its way and we were found sleeping much before we expected.
Little city, but really pretty with the Sun. Very cold by the night
We went to Arnarstapi too, important trading post in the past. A walk along the coastline is recommended to watch the birds and the magnificent lava formations. The seaside and the cliffs between Arnastapi and Hellnar have been made a Natural Reserve in 1979. Spot Gatklettur Arch Rock which is a cliff with a circular arch.