Epic Iceland 2015, Day 13 – Monday, August 3rd

Day 13 pics here. Eventually. There’s well over 200, so, they’ll be there given time and a decent wifi connection. Labeling for all the pics to follow, oh, likely the last few days I’m in Iceland.


Mostly sunny, upper 50s. Weather, you’re amazing.

Sleep was, well, ugh. Nothing for this head cold but to suck it up.

Now on to the Highlands.

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Not every day you see a bull in the middle of the road. Sheep, yes. Maybe, maaaaaybe a cow. But, no, this was a bull. Of course he moved off the road before I could get a pic of him on the road. Also just snapped a really good photo of a sheep and her two lambs, all facing forward [despite the number of sheep in Iceland, getting them to face forward at all, let alone at the same time, is pretty unlikely].

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Bit chilly. Kind of wish I’d dug out the that sweater. A little cloudier, too. So fresh and clean. Wish I could breathe better. 🙂

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Stop at mountain huts for restroom break. Clean, running water, flushing toilet. Better than what you get Stateside, even in civilization.

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Hiked through Eldgja. Nice mountain, stream, valley. Rocky. Formed by 934 AD eruption. Stream crossing Didn’t go all the way to and up the waterfall due to stopping to take photos. Wound up heading back with T from Australia [good chat]. Still a bit congested. The colors in the valley are incredible between the greens of the mosses and plants, red/pink/purples of some of the rocks… Yeah. Good stop. Very good.

Also ate our picnic lunch there. Everyone had way more than enough food, so it became more of a pot luck picnic. I spilled half my trailmix.

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While not on the roads, there’s still a fair bit of snow dotting the landscape. Roads are rough, but not as bad as Westfjords. But the are steeper with rivers to ford. Not for the inexperienced or faint of heart. But, god, it’s worth it. Asbyrgi might have some competition.

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Landmannalaugar well worth the visit. Didn’t go in the hot springs/bathing pool [more like river/brook], but had a coffee and took a walk into the valley [green rocks, man, green rocks!]. Picked up some more stores. If nothing else, come for the colors of the rocks. Unreal.

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Picture stop at Lake Frost…

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Lush green to dusty black desert and svartabrett (washboard) roads. Vegetation with a bare toehold. Keep seeing faces (laying down, face up) in the mountains. Sleeping giants abound.

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Can see Hekla back to the east (?) as we near paved roads again. Also large, man-made reservoir for power plant.

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Hotel Hrauneyjar is simple but kind of elegant. And has wifi! So what if there’s nothing but a curtain between the shower and rest of the bathroom and five minute limit on hot water. It’s clean, quiet, roomy, plus in addition to wifi there’s shampoo, lotion, soap, conditioner, and hair dryer–elements other hotels don’t always have. And wifi. I could do more than one night here, even though we’re not. Dinner is not buffet and is salmon. Does me good not to have options. I’m more likely to try new things.

Also, I have picked up so many stones/rocks.

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Dinner was tomato soup, salmon, and creme brulee. I rather liked the salmon. Large quantities of fish won’t ever be my thing. but I don’t dislike it and would eat it again so long as the texture tends toward meaty and not mushy.

Sat near P from the UK and learned the basics of how snooker is played from her.

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I recall reading/ seeing somewhere that the Apollo astronauts trained here in the Highlands. The black sand/rock desolate bits sure are Moon-like. Need to look that up.

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More highlands tomorrow where we end up in Northern Iceland around Lake Myvatn. So back to mostly stuff I know. The Highlands have been worth it, though.

 

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