Today was a long travel day. 7 hours drive time, without factoring in stops and detours. We started off early, around 7am. The day dawned misty and sometimes downright rainy, but cleared into brilliant sunshine by the afternoon. But I get ahead of myself.
We headed north along the east coast, darting in and out of the Eastfjords. Lovely sights, but so cloaked by mist we could see little. We got to a point in the road where my preprinted Googlemaps said to go left, while GPS said go right. We listened to Googlemaps.
We were wrong.
The road took us on an unpaved road through the mountains. Did I say through? OVER the bloody mist-enshrouded mountains. Visibility zero. For over 10 miles. The GPS route would have been about 45 minutes longer, but we wouldn’t have had to surgically remove Jason’s hands from the steering wheel.
After that, he was beat, so I took over the drive through the highlands for a couple of hours. Lovely, stark, sometimes rainy and sometimes sunny.
We made it to Namaskard pass, and the lovely, lush valley that is Lake Myvatn. I can see why this is a resort area. The surreal lava shapes, greenery, and sheer vistas are stunning.
A climb up Hofsid gave a great view of the lake before we headed to tonight’s lodging.
Once again, it was GPS vs. Googlemaps. This time, Fooglemaps won. GPS wanted to take us west to Akureyri. We found our guesthouse, checked into the tiny room, and headed to Husavik for dinner.
Husavik was crowded. We decided upon Gamli Baukur for dinner, as they served Icelandic meat soup, a lamb stew Jason has fallen in love with. They also had cool woodcarvings, and the place was decorated like the interior of a wooden fishing boat.
Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books. And watch out for my upcoming historical fantasy novel, Legacy of Hunger!
– Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland
– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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