As we travel around Iceland, our diary is a simple way to let our readers know what we’ve been up to over the last few days. Expect much more detailed posts once we return home.
Iceland travel diaries part four starts now.
We left Akureyri along the north coast of Tröllaskagi peninsula, passing through Dalvík and a few tunnels to get to the western part, where we joined the ring road. The views and cliffs are quite dramatic, and the birds love it. A few kilometres from the ring road we visited the Glaumbær farm with its turf houses and nice church. To finish the day we tackled the gravel road of the Vatnesnes peninsula, making a couple of stops to watch some seals and the photogenic Hvítserkur arch.
First day exploring the west fjords, a part of Iceland less traveled, where nature is so raw and harsh that few settlements subsist. The roads are narrow, winding and often not sealed but worth all the effort of visiting. We drove along the fjords and valleys making numerous stops for just one more picture. This remote part is home for many seals and birds. Seals are a visitor fav. We started on the eastern part up to Hólmavík and then to Ísafjördur. At sunset, we took one of the mountain roads to better see the views from above, close to Bolungarvík. Needless to say that the temperatures dropped to freezing cold.
Second, and very long, day on the West fjords, dedicated to the west and south. We followed the high mountain road, a very strenuous pass but totally worth all the effort, until the westernmost part of the peninsula. Wonderful views across bays, fjords, valleys and snowy mountain tops. One of the highlights was Dynjandi, a collection of waterfalls, where we hiked to the top one. We were supposed to catch the ferry south but due to a problem with carrying cars we had to drive all the way down around the coast. What a journey.
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