Hallgrimskirkja

Recently completed church constructed of concrete with very simple interior where the 5,275 pipe organ is a major feature. The observation platform in the tower gives a wonderful view out over the city and its mountain backdrop.

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Lava fields and brooding mountains

Lava, lava everywhere on the drive through the extensive lava fields to the south of Snæfellsnes overlooked by the cloud topped glacier Snæfellsjokull and the mountains of the Snæfellsnes National Park. We may even have been watched by other inhabitants of the area; for certain on a road side mound as we approached Varmaland there […]

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The end of gravel roads …

Retreating from the cliffs via one of Iceland’s best beaches at Breidavik enabled a welcome return to sealed roads. An evening ferry trip across Skorargrunn has transported us to Snæfellsnes and the relatively busy town of Stykkisholmur.

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The birds and the midnight sun

More gravel roads, out to the most western point of Europe and the Latrabjarg Cliffs which are home to millions of puffins, northern guillimots, fulmars and razorbills. With a clear evening and a north west facing camp site we were able to watch the sun dip and then begin rising again without going below the […]

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Low cloud or a high plateau?

Our onward journey along the gravel Route 60 climbed again to a plateau but unfortunately very little was visible including the vans in front due to the poor visibility in the cloud. So a slow journey weaving around potholes before descending again to the shore of Sudurfirdir and a welcome tarmac surfaced road.

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The challenge of Route 60

Today’s drive included one of the most dramatic gravel sections of Route 60 which climbs, then squeezes through a pass between mountains over 700m high before making a dramatic descent and then running along the shores of Arnarfjordur to the Dynjandi waterfall.

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Snow, scenery and more scenery

After passing over what seemed like the top of the world we were rewarded with a very scenic drive around the northern shores of the Westfjord region today.

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Miles, fog and housekeeping

The idea for today was to get some miles under our wheels avoiding gravel roads on the way to Westfjords and arrive at our rest point in time to do some housekeeping (laundry, admin etc). On the way we encountered thick, thick fog as we crossed the causeway over Gilsfjordur and climbed through the pass […]

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Optical overload

A leisurely start with a walk to view the strikingly designed church before coffee, shopping and van washing. However nothing had prepared us for the truly scenic experience we were to enjoy on the drive today.

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Herrings and another tunnel

Before leaving town we spent a very enjoyable 2 hours looking around the award winning Herring Era Museum of Iceland and then had to tackle a thankful short but claustrophobic single lane tunnel. Once through we were rewarded with an excellent drive along the side of Skagafjordur via the turf buildings of the Gluambaer Farm […]

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