As we left the Eastern edge of Iceland, the storm that had put a dampener on affairs finally started to clear a little and we could finally see more than a few hundred meters. We left the Snæfellsnes Peninsula behind us and headed East, sadly skipping the Westfjords region as we wouldn’t have the time to explore that region. Will just have to go back another time and do that one eh?
We decided to check out the Tröllaskagi Peninsula and drive around its perimeter before entering the volcanic region surrounding Lake Mývatn. The scenery continued to change with every turn and we got a nice alternative to the Westfjords with some truly breathtaking scenery on our drive around Tröllaskagi.
The scenery up till this point in the trip had been rather green but all that was about to change as we entered perhaps my favourite part of the country. The power of nature and volcanic activity is the name of the game in the Mývatn area.
Our first port of call was Dimmuborgir, which translates as the Dark Fortress and boy is that accurate! The rock formations here are really cool and the walk amongst them is really pleasant, except perhaps for the flies that seem to love flying right into your face and hovering around your head.
Nearby lies the Moon. The Moon James? Yes….The Moon. Okay fine it’s not the moon but it certainly feels like you’re on the lunar surface when you explore Hverfjall, a 1km diameter tephra cone that is just out of this world amazing. You can hike all the way around the crater, which takes approximately one hour but in reality would probably take 74 as you’ll keep stopping to take photos or just stare into it.
I’m feeling queezy just looking at the shots from Hverir. The smell. Oh Dear Lord God Almighty Above Us the smell! It was like the worst fart imaginable that was then captured and placed into a box to ferment for a million years and then added to a bunch of gone off eggs which were then eaten and pooped out and then the process repeated over and over until you have the single worst smell ever. I literally almost threw up several times as the sulphurous gases blew in my direction. Ugh! The mud puddles and fumaroles are really cool though but yeah maybe wear a gas mask if you’re planning a visit haha.