Following on from the epic volcanic landscapes of the North, we returned to the sea as we ventured onwards around the Eastern fjords of Iceland. The scenery changed once again and I remember having my eyes glued to the view outside the window for a great deal of this section. One highlight was Seydisfjordur, a really nice little town with a beautiful reflective pool that was mirror smooth and added a layer of beauty you wouldn’t usually associate with Icelandic towns, which aren’t exactly renowned for their architectural splendour.
After climbing back out of Seydisfjordur via the road Ben Stiller skated down in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (There was definitely an exhorbitant number of longboards on show at the campsite while we were there), we made our way towards Hengifoss, one of the more spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Lines of reddened rock run through the cliff face either side of the falls, making for a very photogenic scene.
Back into our Adventure mobile, we pressed onwards to our next destination, Fáskrúðsfjörður. The village has strong connections with France, being the town where many fishermen travelled to in the 19th Century. Poor Gemma wasn’t a huge fan of this place however as it was home to a fish processing plant that had a rather strong musk that didn’t quite agree with her pregnant self.
I had noticed a lovely cascading series of waterfalls as we arrived at the campground and after we had showered and settled in for the evening, I took a stroll to try and reach it. The plant life up behind the campground was spectacular with those beautiful muted colours I had seen on a similar stroll a few days earlier.
I didn’t manage to get close to the falls as a fence thwarted my venture and of course you have to respect that boundary. I returned back to the camper van and had a lovely beer I had earlier purchased from the nearby shop in the town. It was freezing cold out so I left the rest of the cans underneath the car with my hiking boots…..
Can you guess what I forgot about the following morning when we got back on the road? We were around 20 mins down the road when I remembered…..SHIT! A massive apology to Gemma and back we went to see if my hiking boots were still there. They were. The beers were also there, ALL OVER my hiking boots! Doh!
Leaving Fáskrúðsfjörður, we hugged the coastline and enjoyed some incredible views and atmospheric conditions as we made our way down to the Southern edges of Iceland.
On our way we stopped occasionally at interesting looking spots and also where we could stop as there’s very few pull-in bays on Icelandic roads. Most of the time you just had to take a picture from the car as you whizz past.
One cool place we stopped at was Sveinstekksfoss which was a really fun little hidden scramble away and had a cool unexpected rock formation. It pays to go for a bit of a wander sometimes.
I really enjoyed East Iceland, it was much quieter than other areas in the country but no less spectacular. Like any other area in Iceland, you could spend weeks exploring and still not see everything so it’s best to just enjoy the ride and let your eyeballs have a good time 🙂