It was pretty chilly that morning. Fortunately Mara was loving life as she was as bundled up as a human being could possibly be!
We set out on the road for Vik and just enjoyed the scenery as we drove, pulling over every now and then because of something beautiful catching our eyes and needing to be more fully appreciated.
We finally made our way to Vik, right as it seemed the daylight was disappearing. This is a beautiful spot where most people go out to the shore to enjoy the endless black sand beaches….but it was REALLY windy and cold, and we ended up enjoying them from the comfort of a heated car.
That night, we kept driving to the next town (Hofn) so that we could fit in one more amazing stretch of Iceland.
And this is what we drove through for the next 3 or 4 hours…
I’ve never seen sleet and rain move so completely horizontally as it did that night. The car was constantly pummeled with strong winds, and we were grateful for roads that were perfectly straight for miles and miles at a time. It seemed the only cars we passed were semi trucks on their deliver routes. Besides that, it seemed totally empty.
We finally reached a pleasant little inn and rested for the night. When we awoke, we waited for an hour or two for the roads to become “unfrozen” (we both nearly slipped and fell just stepping outside to go to breakfast), and then made the long drive back to Reykjavik along the stretch of highway that we had previously driven in total darkness. I often wondered if our long drive through that storm was going to be worth it….fortunately our last day in Iceland did not disappoint.
It started with a quick fill up at a typical gas station along the Ring Road…
Soon after we saw a sign warning of reindeer…
We set off again and made our way to Svartifoss…the beautiful waterfall that cascades over the incredible basalt rock formations that inspired the Hallgrimskirkja Church.
The trail to and from the falls was a little icy from the storm the night before…
We finally made our way back to Reykjavik and found a restaurant a reader recommended, The Sea Baron, or Saegreifinn. There is no menu, except for the display of fresh fish (you just point to the one you want) and a big pot of lobster stew. There were barrels for benches and plenty of other seafaring items adorning the small restaurant that sits right in the harbor where all the fishing boats come in with their fresh catches.
We absolutely loved Iceland and we loved the good people we met! Hopefully it will not be our last visit…maybe next time we’ll make it all the way around the island. 🙂
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