Our beautiful blue-sky weather returned today, and honestly I can’t imagine driving the Ring Road every day in the rain and fog. I know it’s a crapshoot when making travel plans, but after our day yesterday, we know how lucky we have been!
Our stay last night at Guesthouse Solbaer was a real treat! Comfortable beds, delicious breakfast with homemade waffles (finally something different than bread and cheese), and kids for Trevor to play with for hours made for the perfect stay!
While we continue to have good intentions on leaving early, it seems we are settling in to a routine of heading out around 10:30am. Just out of town we saw a family of Icelandic horses in the sun and had to pull over for a closer view. They are everywhere and such majestic creatures.
The drive today from Hofn to Egilsstadir was our longest yet. Mapping our course shows it takes close to three hours, but with all our stops it took the entire day. With every twist and turn there are amazing things to see, partly because much of the drive is along the Atlantic coastline.
For example, the image today of Fossardalur (blue waterfall) is not listed in our guidebooks. If I had not spotted a bit of mist coming off a canyon and a side road headed up a hill, we would have completely missed it!
Our first main stop of the day was Djupivogur, a colorful fishing village and the oldest port in the East Fjords (16th century). After lunch we spent some time seeing the sites, including some public art that was underwhelming.
Back on the road we decided to venture off the Ring Road and take a short cut (road 939) to Egilsstaoir that on the map is a huge timesaving. Perhaps we should have known – or better yet, the guidebooks should have warned – there are no short cuts on the Ring Road. The detour was gravel most of the way, with many hairpin turns and a few oblivious sheep in the middle of the road! But the scenery did not disappoint, and we now know why they say Iceland is the land of waterfalls.
Our final stop of the day was Hengifoss, the second tallest waterfall in Iceland. You would think by now we would be getting bored seeing falls, but there is something about each one that awakens the soul.
To see Hengifoss requires a bit of a climb. Since we had spent much of the day in the car, making the 2.5 km hike each way climb seemed more than doable. The trek to the base of the falls could not have been more stunning. At times it felt like we were on a movie set because the scenery was beyond beautiful.
When we arrived at the base of the falls, or as close as you can get, the sun was making its way down and the shadows on the canyon walls made for some interesting photos.
We completed our day by arriving in the city of Egilsstadir around 6:30pm, tired and hungry. But Trevor was itching to swim, so he and Kelly headed to the local public pool for a dip while I caught up on the blog. We then went to a great little café called Salt and enjoyed a tasty meal before heading to our room and crashing for the night.
OUR ICELAND RING ROAD ITINERARY
If you are just joining us around the Ring Road in Iceland, I wanted to let you know that under Categories you can click on Iceland Trip and get a list of all the posts from day one. Also, while we are trying to post daily, it’s really dependent on when we have Internet connection, which seems to be most of the time.
EDITING PHOTOS ON THE ROAD
I also wanted to say a few words about the photography. This is the first time I have attempted to edits photos on the road and upload with each blog entry. So far it has worked reasonably well, but I only have Photoshop Lightroom for edits and miss many of the other programs I often use at home. I have taken thousands of images, and would take more if I had the time. Iceland is a photographer’s Disneyland, so much eye candy it’s hard to comprehend.