today was a traveling day! We checked out of our hostel in Reykjavik and traveled to Skogar. The long way. The very long way. What should have been a 3 hour trip was more like 10 hours.
First we stopped at yet another waterfall. Hjálparfoss was a powerful double falls with incredibly intricate lava patterns in the rocks, and not a huge hike.
Our next stop was Gjain Canyon, which required our first F-road journey. F-roads require a 4 wheel drive, and they aren’t kidding around! This was about a twenty minute trip through the Martian landscape. I began to wonder if it was worth it. I’d forgotten what exactly Gjain Canyon was, just that it was on my itinerary.
It was SO incredibly worth it. Paying extra for the 4WD was worth this. A lush, primeval canyon with caves, waterfalls, and flowers everywhere. It was a fairy garden on the moon.
When I said it was a Martian landscape earlier, I didn’t know of what I spoke. We now traveled through over 2 hours (each way) of F-road, bouncing and jouncing like jello in a Step Class. There were mountains with stretch marks, crater lakes, lava formations, and lots of cars and buses headed the same direction. It had to be worth all that, right?
Landamannalaugar is an area where the mountains have minerals which makes them look painted with different colors. They also still had stripes of snow. The result was surreal and stunning.
The parking lot was jammed with buses and cars. We saw cyclists and hikers everywhere. There was more parking past the next bend, but it required fording a river to get there, and that was beyond our comfort level. So we backed out, found a layby, and did a small hike up to an icefield and rock-filled gully. Then we retraced our 2hour F-road journey, though it seemed much shorter. Except to our spinal columns.
Once we were on normal roads again, Jason saw a turf-roofed house and so we stopped to investigate. It was a recreation of a house stead from 1000 years ago.
Dinner at Hotel Skogar. Salmon and lamb, both yummy!
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