We woke at 4:45am. I thought we were in vacation??? Breakfast starts at 8, so we went off to explore Cape Dyrholæy. There is a lighthouse on a lava cliff, filled with birds and fascinating formations. We even saw a fluffy puffin nest!
Breakfast was full of good food and fun. Ari was kind enough to finish drying our laundry last night, so we were bandbox fresh and raring to go. Sigga is a delightful hostess, we will definitely be back.
We drove to Vík to top off the gas and made our first stop. Oh, joy, another F-road! Thagdil canyon was gorgeous. Surreal formations from lava, mossy hills and a huge ash river delta.
Next stop was a side trip to another black sand beach, and then on east and north along the coast. We could see the monster volcano of Katla in the distance.
Then we took another turn towards a canyon.
2km of F-roads weren’t as bad… Except for the flat tire we got! And the tire iron was the wrong size for the lug nuts. Luckily, another tourist had one that fit. Matt from North Carolina helped us out and we got the tire back on with much dust and cursing. Jason saw something was leaking, though. We drove to the next town and Lo and Behold! Michelin Tire was there. He found a leak in the differential front axle and plugged the dead tire. He couldn’t fix the leak, so no off-roading until we can switch out the rentals.
We ate lunch at a restaurant that had great food and poor service. I had a lamb sandwich (mmmmm baby lamb) and Jason had fish stew, which was more of a curry. Looked awful but tasted great.
Jason was beat from the tire changing and we didn’t make many stops on the way. Just a few photo ops of incredible glaciers. Glaciers EVERYWHERE.
About 2 hours later, we were at our guesthouse in the village of Hila. About 10 buildings in all. Quiet and country.
This is the view from the guesthouse window
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