A day in Heimaey & ascent of its active volcano
I hope you aren’t already jaded by our Icelandic trip travel diary. We loved this country, and I would like to take you with me to share our favorite places. During our stay in Reykjavik, we followed weather forecast every day and worship Vedur, Icelandic meteorological office website. I know, I rambles about it, but Vestmannaeyjar islands where top on our wish list & we wanted to find the ideal day to set sail on. On the first sunny windless day, we rushed to book tickets on the ferry. We wanted to take the car with us to make the most of this day and places are rare in July.
Háifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall
After discovering Gjain enchanting valley in the single company of a shy stone troll, we continue our way on the volcanic plateau. Only 10 km further is Haifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall. This time, we are pleased to have a 4 WD. Although there is no ford to cross, gravel road is bad and it took us more than half an hour to make this short journey – it’s inadvisable to normal cars. (suite…)
Hidden valley of Gjain, our Icelandic crush
130 km away of Reykjavík, along Thjorsa River, lies adorable Gjain remotevalley, the most enchanting place we saw in Iceland, fortunately still unknown. Before arriving at Gjáin we cross desolated lava fields where only grow few mosses, an inhospitable and grandiose world created by Hekla eruption in 1104. It’s hard to imagine these lands were previously among the most fertile of Iceland. We park the car and approach the fault edge. We discover a small verdant valley, like an oasis in this lunar vastness. Descending down, we feel like penetrating a fairy world, as a lively fairy tale scenery. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a unicorn coming to greet us.
« Games of thrones » creators made no mistake about it and used Gjain as decor for a few scenes of the 4th season. I haven’t seen yet this series but maybe will you recognize some parts of the scenery? (suite…)
Enjoying the end of the day in Snaefellnes
After breathing the fresh sea air, approached birds’ nests in the cliffs and tasted extra fresh scallops during the sushi tour, afternoon was already well under way but we didn’t wanted to leave Snaefellsnes peninsula so soon. One of the major benefits of a travel in Iceland around summer solstice, is that the days almost have no end and nothing can prevents us to start a walk at 20:00 if we want. And it was beautiful that day, my face began to turn crimson. (suite…)
A few tips to succeed your trip to Iceland
Since we came back of Iceland this summer, many friends asked us details about practical issues. Before continuing our travel diary, I wanted to respond to readers who contacted me after my previous post and explain you how we organized our stay.