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Iceland: Sever Corner of Europe IV –Magical Places on the Island – VIDEO
In this part of our series we take a look at island’s north and east. In the east, there are fishermen’s villages along the road number 1. The atmosphere here is very peaceful. It took us a long time to bypass eastern fjords. We were disoriented because everything looks so similar here and there also was thick white fog. One shouldn’t take this lightly.
I would like to recommend you a white-blue “hostel” which is actually a church in Stöðvarfjörður (his owner lives right next to it). The church is made so that tourists can stay overnight here. It was really interesting experience. Fortunately, we could sleep in a dry place after a rainy night.
Once we were finished with the long drive we found ourselves at the waterfalls in the northwest. Dettifoss waterfall belongs to the snow covered area. The waterfall is really huge. Another one is Selfoss located above Dettifossem. Selfoss is smaller yet water comes to it from more directions so it could take all glacier water.
Another place we were intended to stop at was Mývatn lake. Be sure not to miss a turn to Hverir, also known as the devil’s kitchen. This volcanic area looked like it was somewhere on Mars – bubbling mud, smell of sulfur and drought. We were closing to Mývatn and also we were dying to finally get to Jarðböðin spa (3 000 ISK = 525 Czech crowns for entrance). These are not the most famous spas on Iceland. However, here you can enjoy beautiful view of the nature and blue water.
We plan to see volcanoes on the following day and there is really a lot to choose from. Eventually we decided to se Krafla and Hverfjall volcanoes. Unfortunately, the snow prevented us to see the former. The snow just split the road in half so we couldn’t continue. At least we reached Viti, a blue lake and then returned back. Our expedition to the extinct volcano of Hverfjall was much more successful.
It seems like a pile of gravel from distance. We parked our car at Dimmuborgir – place where the trolls live allegedly. It is an area where are lava rock formations. We walked through it towards Hverfjall volcano. The terrain was slippery and we climbed it up towards the edge of the crater. We hadn’t encountered many other people. Volcanic dust was everywhere on us. Therefore, we turned in the direction to Grjótagjá cave to take a bath there. There was a new board at the entrance to the cave which resembled a huge egg shell. The board said: Bathing forbidden. It was probably a health risk precaution because water here is 43–48 °C hot. It it difficult to get in. Perhaps worse than getting into ice cold water. Still, the beautiful environment makes it a very nice experience.
To observe whales you should travel to Husavik village, local agencies will provide this service for you.
Next part of our travels starts on the north of the island. It is at Eyjafjördur fjord, the place where the second largest city on Iceland is located – Akureyri. It is a nice city, rich, and full of students. It is really worth seeing. However, our long drive to Vatnsnes peninsula was not very impressive.
I really recommend you to travel to the southeast if you happen to be around Hveragerði. There is the lava cave of Raufarholshellir near the road No 39 and you reach it after about fifteen minutes of drive.
We were travelling around the island to get to know it better. We set off to the east from Reykjavik. First we are headed to Þingvellir park (Thingvellir). The park is listed in UNESCO’s world heritage program.
If you intend to visi a beautiful country that is different from the Czech Republic but you don’t want to travel to another continent Iceland could be your choice. The country is near the polar circle and it is the westernmost European country. It charms everybody. It is mostly for its nature which are rare on the European continent.
Thanks to the feeling of omnipresent danger, the island lures travellers. It is located in the most volcanically active region in the world. It really has lots to offer: monumental glaciers, bubbling thermal springs, majestic falls, colorful lava fields covered with heath, and many other things. It is only a glimpse of what lures people here from all over the world.
The night was absolutely calm. Living in couchettes is not the most pleasant thing, but one can manage. We were very lucky because of the weather, the sea was absolutely calm and we could have our calm sleep…
Alarm at 7,30. We have to leave cabins until 8,30. As always, I bought a good book guide and read it. In introduction, there was: “Despite you can travel by boat, we recommend it only to experienced sailors with tough stomachs. Gale is strong on the route as well as storms and waves of the Atlantic."
I get up at 6 already. Yesterday I forget to charge my equipment so I have to do it now. More of us had the same idea. I still ponder whether to participate in hike or not. Eventually together with drivers and other great group that we will have a rest day today.
I wake up at 7.20 a.m. in a shock. I burst out of sleeping bag heading to washroom. Fortunately, I remembered the time of departure. It is an hour later so when I get it back together I start preparing for the departure. The weather is not very good today, it is a bit foggy.
"Working" with the elves worked out pretty well. We have a nice sunny day, although it is bit cold. Skútustaðir is one of the few towns at Mývatn lake. Our goal is a walk near pseudocraters. Local name for these strange hills, about twenty of them, is skútustaðagígar.