pierreo December 8th, 2012
I do apologise – I have fallen behind (way behind) in writing these, but I will try to recover during the winter break and my forced stay at home…
In June, yes, six months ago, I went to Iceland for a week. I had a great trip which started in the most convoluted flights I ever took. I looked for different possibilities, but the best one was to go from Brussels to Munich then to Berlin and finally to Reykjavik, arriving around midnight local time, or about 2AM Brussels time. The only redeeming factor for this flight was that it was cheap, and I only needed to pay 150 euros extra to fly business class!
I did check to make sure that the hotel near the airport where I was to spend the first night was still open at that time. They assured me they were. And I understood why - this is a veritable “rush hour” at Reykjavik Airport! There were several other flights from Europe and the US which landed just before me, and several scheduled to land in the next hour.
I spent the first night near the airport then rented a car and drove towards Stykkisholmur, town where I was to spend the next three nights.
The road was picturesque and here is the first photo I took.
This is Hvalfjordur, a fjord – can you say that in Iceland? – near Reykjavik. There is a shortcut via a tunnel, but I took the long way around the whole thing.
The weather is great – sunny and cool and I am just enjoying the fantastic views everywhere I drive. The road (2 lanes, country road, but the only one going where I am going and no traffic) crosses a river, and I notice a man fishing in the rapids.
Iceland reminds me a lot of New Zealand – very wild, huge scenery, few people. I think I am going to like this!
On the way, I stopped in Bogarnes, a small town with a famous museum about the history of Iceland. Before going to the museum, I walked around town. I am not quite sure what this was all about but must have been some party - there are also empty beer cans and red decorations all over. I think it has something to do with the summer solstice as I arrived in Iceland on 23 June.
I finally make it to Stykkisholmur, where I will spend next three nights. This is the largest town on the Northwest side of Iceland, one of the gateways to the Western Fjord area – I decided that was too far for me on this short trip.
The view from the harbour with a mountain strangely covered by a single small cloud. I was at the view point for a while, and the cloud changed, but never moved from this positions. Strange!
A general view of Stykkisholmur with the harbour at the forefront and mountains in the back. The strange building in the middle is the local Church – a stunning building that I will explore more fully later on.
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