Iceland: Days 4 – 6

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Day 4

We woke up in Hofn to super cloudy / foggy conditions. We literally could not see 3 feet in front of us. Luckily once we got on the road and got out of the town and towards the coast the fog actually cleared off quite a bit and we had some beautiful views. This was actually one of my favourite days of our whole trip – the views were absolutely incredible and the weather was perfect as we weaved through the Eastfjords.

We didn’t really do anything overly exciting this day – we just drove along the coast, and pulled over lots to check out the amazing views!

Aren’t Eric’s sunglasses the best! ha ha

The BEST part of the Campervan by far was being able to pull over with views like this whenever we wanted to rest – or eat!

Before finding our camping spot in Egilsstadir Iceland, we did a side trip to Seydisfjordur, which I highly highly recommend. It was a BEAUTIFUL drive down there and the cutest little town.

You can see the town of Seydisfjordur in the valley of this photo – such a pretty drive down!

And the most adorable little town, we sat right here and had a drink. ๐Ÿ™‚ย Then we made our way back to Egilsstadir for our third night of camping where we continued to have beautiful sunshine!

Day 5

Day 5 was a BIG travel day for us! We covered almost 500 km and all of Northern Iceland.

So, I’m sure others might have different opinions on this, but we really weren’t a huge fan of Northern Iceland. The landscape was very desolate and in general we weren’t as drawn to pull over regularly like we were throughout the south, southeast and eastfjords, which is part of the reason we ended up covering so much mileage!

There were some amazing waterfalls – as per usual – right off the road though.

We did do some cool stuff in Northern Iceland though. First, we visited one of the famous waterfalls – Dettifoss. It was a really cool waterfall and a seriously beautiful day out!

After that it felt like we drove and drove and drove and drove ๐Ÿ™‚

 

We ended up camping at the Saeberg Hostelย on night #4 and man was this place ever an amazing little gem! It had a huge kitchen with big windows overlooking the water and this super cool little outdoor hot tub that was heated geothermally on the side of the hill overlooking the water. So cool! Being preggo, I couldn’t spend too much time in it. But Eric lounged in it for a good hour. Lucky guy!

Day 6

We got a super late start on day 6. We slept in until about 9am and then took advantage of the amazing big kitchen at the hostel to make a bit of a feast. French toast with nutella and peach syrup. Yum!

Next we drove to the Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, where all hakarl is made. It was pretty interesting to learn about how they make hakarl – for example, there are no active shark hunts anymore and rather all hakarl is made from sharks that are accidentally caught in fisherman nets – so they can end up with anywhere from 5 sharks a year to 60!

We got to try some more hakarl and also go see all the shark that was hanging and fermenting out back. That made for quite the smell!

How I feel about hakarl ๐Ÿ™‚

Our reading break spot that day – campervan for the win!

We also visited Kirkjufell, which is the most photographed waterfall and mountain in Iceland. I honestly found it a tad underwhelming…

Probably because we had such a huge driving day the day before we ended up pulling over early to camp on this night. We were both pretty tired and we found this amazing spot to stay. So, camping in the wild (aka not at designated camping spots) is apparently not allowed in Iceland. However, we were very careful to make sure we cleaned up after ourselves and did not leave any waste behind. Plus the spot we were in was very secluded – and, it was STUNNING.

A typical campervan meal!

That sunset though *heart eyes*

And that was day 6! At this point we had covered over 1,300 km (800 miles) in 5 days of driving! We were definitely getting pretty tired, which I think you will see reflected in how laidback the next 3 days are…

But stay tuned for that recap next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever tried hakarl? Would you?ย 

7 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    The views are just incredible!!! I can’t even imagine what they must have been like in person!!!

  2. Alison says:

    This looks amaizng!! His glasses are definitely awesome! Those views are amazing and the camper van was such an awesome way to travel.

  3. Becky says:

    Your recaps make me really want to go there. Did you have much difficulty with the language?

  4. so cool. That looks incredible! Barren landscapes have their own type of beauty, sometimes I like it sometimes it gets boring.

  5. Wow – what a trip! The waterfalls are so beautiful!

    I haven’t tried hakarl, but I would!

  6. I have never heard of hakarl! It does not sound super appetizing but I would probably be willing to try it!

    You guys covered so much ground on this trip!! I am glad there were plenty of sights to see along the way to keep you distracted from how far you were driving! That sunset is gorgeous and I just love all the waterfall pics!

  7. San says:

    The photos are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanna go see…

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