2010 Iceland Ring-Road Driving Trip
The final days of my Iceland roadtrip were spent driving around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the Western coastline. For the first time on my trip I had a decent amount of rain which thankfully included really nice dramatic clouds [and not blinding swan-dive off road fog like usual].
I like this photo a lot, that was exactly what it felt like being there. Creepy and empty.
I really wanted to go visit this washed up fishing boat, but it was another long day of driving and frankly the idea of getting my car stuck out there wasn’t too exciting- that and it was a lot farther away than it looked. Still pretty cool looking.
As you can see I was driving around on some nice dirt roads for a bit, which in rain can be a real treat. I got going around a downhill turn too quick there one time and yea….a little too close to that cliff going sideways…phew, I’ve since blocked out that memory.
A crazy volcanic area with tons of mashed up rock with a beautiful greenish moss growing on it. This stuff goes on for miles in all directions- not a place you’d want to be at the time of explosion.
I stayed in a great little town called Grundarfjörður which had its own ‘huge’ supermarket [things that really mattered at this point in the trip] and a cozy hostel. I became good friends with a German girl there and we talked all night until we realized 10pm looks more like 6pm. She was busy walking all over Iceland and she was completely nuts, in a good way. I made sure to tell her where all the cold areas were. She thankfully didn’t have to worry about running over sheep at all times.
Right down the street is this pretty waterfall which overlooks an amazing mountain of sorts on the water. I came on a really foggy day though, so you don’t get to see it in the photos.
A sweet waterfall I climbed up to right off the road and down someone’s driveway [sorry!]. It was an amazing climb to get up there to the top, but a few too many close call fall to your deaths. I was also tired of close calls at this point in the trip. Tons of slugs and angry birds too!
On the other side of the peninsula the insane fog/rain was caught up in the mountains so it was streaming off across the road.
I’ve seen many a church, and Búðir is probably one of my favorites. These guys knew they couldn’t compete with the ocean muck, so they just painted it black. I just made that up, but Icelandic architecture is just awesome. We’ll put it this way, my car was painted white and it sure couldn’t compete- I hope the people at Thrifty had industrial car washers.
I hope you all liked the six parts of photos- that’s the end for me. I might do a little thing of videos because I have a ton of near miss sheep hits, and also have great footage of me trying to dig my car out of the sand in the middle of nowhere….yea…but till then good luck on your travels. Iceland was a real treat!