Day 8. Myvatn to Akureyri

Trip Start Jun 15, 2010
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Trip End Jun 25, 2010


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I think i'm getting a bit 'travel tired' as i'm finding it harder to get motivated to check things out. After a quick breakfast I forced myself back into the Jeep and decided to drive around the Myvatn area and then head to Akureyri.

My first stop was at Hverir, a geothermal field that is a very bizarre patch of land indeed. There are weird grey bubbling ponds (?) and strange fissures blowing steam into the air. The colours of the dirt are also very strange with all sorts of greens and yellows, and cracked areas that look like a desert. I enjoyed wondering around it all, even though the fumes where a bit much at times.

 I then drove on to Hverfell, a bowl shaped black mountain that is apparently an explosion crater from a few thousand years back. It's very rocky and looks way more interesting from a distance than when your walking up it. Once you get to the top the crater is kind of cool, but nothing spectacular. The views over Myvatn aren't bad though.
 
Stopped at the very beautiful Godafoss waterfall for some more long exposure shots. there are many amazing waterfalls here in Iceland, but Godafoss was possibly my favourite as you could get quite close to it and really got a sense of the power and size. Don't go too close though if you have a fear of heights!

The drive onwards towards Akureyri was very pleasant and got spectacular as you crest the hill and look down towards the town, which sits on the end of the Eyjafjordur fjord. The opposite side looked very nice indeed with large snow capped mountains looming out of the fjord.

Found my hotel easily enough and have basically just been watching more of the world cup. Akureyri seems like a very pleasant town. I had a nice late afternoon snack at a woodfire pizza place. Didn't notice the name, but it was very nice pizza!

Long drive tomorrow to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Not sure i'll have much to report but will do so if anything interesting happens.
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Daniel on

Pics are looks pretty sexy mate. Make sure you get some of yourself in the pic as well. It could only make them better,,,, plus the memories.

Smashed anymore windows yet??????

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