Exploring Iceland on our Iceland Roadtrip in 7 days -Part IV: East Iceland attractions / Fáskrúðsfjörður
„Góðan daginn!“ Oh is it already time again? Yes, it is.
Hey all you diligent readers, we hope you enjoyed our look back to the first three stations of our Iceland Trip:
and now its time for:
What could we expect from today?
Let me start this post with some numbers and facts.
It is 3rd June 2015, around 10 in the morning, already on the road since about half an hour.
The trip was scheduled for 3h 44 minutes, maybe 3h 45 minutes. I wasn’t really sure about this, but as we already were used to do we found out, that these kind of plans are mainly just something to laugh about.
So what happened this time? A troll crossing the street?
Pity, would have been longwaited dream come true.
Northern lights appeared suddenly in the horizon?
Damn, you only see them during wintertime. Well, we just reached the geographical highest point of our journey somewhere nearby Víkurskarð.
See a picture here of that place.
I would like to stick with some facts, because this part of our trip was by far the most amazing and surprising episode at all.
Numbers don’t really fit in here, so our pictures with some comments will speak more than thousands of words.
A critical storm is coming
Our first highlight after our northernmost point was the Snowstorm in the mountains.
Holy hell, that was thrilling.
To give you an impression, the whole route for nearly the next two hours was just going through some of the highest mountains of Iceland, surrounded by clouds.
So, you are drive through the clouds, which is already stunning. But in combination with a sudden break into a snowstorm, it became…interesting.
Try to imagine a simple road without any guardrails, next car possibly passing by maybe in 30 minutes. A strong, biting ice-cold northern wind.
A car with summer wheels, an obviously icy road and nothing around you than snow.
Got it? OK, then lets go on our way, which we thankfully reached without any trouble, because everything turned out well.
So after this first amazement we thought we go quite easy, until we saw a symbol showing towards a little sideway with too many cars following that place.
Ok, what could be hiding there as one of the East Iceland attractions? Ladies and Gentlemen, the Godafoss Waterfall!
Waterfalls and Craters
Quite a loud and steamy waterfall.
Of course one of the approximately 3 million places in Iceland that you have to take a picture of. So here we go with impressions from there.
So what East Iceland attractions comes next? Maybe a crater would be nice.
Voila, let us please introduce Hverfjall.
A super huge at the moment inactive volcano in the middle of a landscape which couldn’t be more far away from this earth than this.
This dark giant was embedded into black, sharp-edged Lava-Rocks, dark red-brown-ground and somehow totally dead, malformed looking birches.
It catched us so intensively, hard to describe what we felt. For me it was simply ongoing amazing impressions. We took some paths deep into that scenery and as i found out later, this is the so called Dimmuborgir.
Huge fountains on the horizon
An area, translated from Norwegian something like “ancient castles”.
Obviously called like this because of these huge lava rocks, black as night, dangerous and somehow threatening there as black castles of some evil forces.
There is also an awesome Norwegian Black Metal Band called like this, their soundtrack fits perfectly to that place!
And then it went blow on blow – quite some minutes later we saw already from the distance some huge steam fountains going up into the sky.
My first idea was – ok, some lame industrial stuff with chimneys.
But then I was like – Industry? In Iceland? In the middle of nowhere?
Hmmm, think twice – and what we saw there was again one of the absolute highlights of our trip.
These fountains came directly from the ground. A bright yellow stony area, pounding sounds like the earth itself opens and this spectacular scene is located on a turquoise lake, which seemed to shine bright from the insight. I know, I know this sounds too much like a fairytale.
So please approve by seeing these pictures and in this case I think, even pictures can’t be enough, so here is a short video of it…
Sulfur and hot thermal springs
Already too many pictures?
Look out here later for the whole bunch of photos: Fjarðabyggð
Still under the impression of this it took us not long till we finally left the highlands. We saw just behind the next curve again this now already familiar landscape, but this time as far as the eye can see.
This was mind-blowing, because the hugeness compared with the uniqueness was making us speechless.
We are talking here about Hverarönd or Hverir, a huge geo thermal springs area with a mountain containing sulfur called Námafjall.
And because I don’t want to explain all these wonders with superlatives, see here our impressions.
After this visit the trip continued “quite normally” with the usual amazing „Iceland-stuff“ until we were now already quite close to Faskrudsfjördur, something like about an hour distance.
A next stop was necessary for human needs and as I promised you already before, that this trip was by far the one with the most happenings and events.
So what came now? Ah, just the biggest, loudest and strongest waterfall we have ever seen.
I think, it makes sense to come up with a picture now…
We really felt like it was too much for one day regarding all these massive intense impressions.
So fortunately we arrived then after a long ride in this tiny little place called Fáskrúðsfjörður with approximately 666 citizens.
It is part of a municipality called Fjarðabyggð in the eastern region of Iceland.
Fáskrúðsfjörður is the fourth largest of the 6 villages.
Fishing is the main business here and fishing was also the reason for founding of this place by French fishermen, that came here the first time around in1880.
The French influences are not to be overlooked, starting with bilingual street names (in Icelandic and in French) to French flags in different forms and variations.
True and kind hospiltality
We felt immediately home with this place, it has a special familiar, kind and peaceful atmosphere.
And the impressions were even more intensified, when we checked in our Guesthouse this day, Elínar Helgu.
Such lovely and kind people and our room tonight fitted perfectly into that fairytale scenery.
Everything was very cozy and with a lot of love for details.
The youngest one in that family, Hermann in the age of seven. He was so lively and we became instantly friends and started to play soccer in the house.
I think the rest of the family was maybe not super amazed about this, but it was a lot of fun and fortunately nothing broke.
I must confess, that I nearly fell asleep while standing because of the tiredness: lack of sleep and too much excitement for one single day.
But there was still this Midsummer light, which made us feel like it is still the middle of the day.
And there was a lovely little place out there in the middle of a coast valley, which was waiting to get explored.
So we made a little walk and were rewarded with lasting impressions of Fáskrúðsfjörður as a lovely little place, really worth to visit.
The East Iceland attractions come to an end
So its not hard to count till four to find out, that our time in Iceland and also the East Iceland attractions will soon come to an end.
This made us a bit melancholic for a moment, but immediately presence overwhelms you again.
After a lovely little evening talk with our guest parents and a fantastic deep sleep we felt like ready for new adventures the next day.
Again without really knowing what would expect us on our route like the days before we were just looking forward and couldn’t wait. Although saying goodbye was a bit hard, because we had such a nice stay here and fortunately got to know very lovely people.
And the youngest one, Hermann will become a very very strong man one day, we all will surely hear about him.
Remember Hermann from Iceland.
Without spoiling too much I just want to tell, that the high level of wonders will be kept and Iceland. This impressive Master of Black & White Magic put such a spell on us, that sometimes the borders between dream and reality get blurred. This mix of Midsummer sun, lack of sleep, dream-landscape, being with the Bird to enjoy all this was sometimes a bit too much to handle. I can tell you that.
So be prepared for the last two stations, next stop “Höfn – Greetings from Hell and Heaven”.
Until the time has come for this, check out the whole Gallery of our section “Fjarðabyggð”
Stay tuned, always travelling with the Bird,
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