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Iceland Road Trip – Part Five

Getting to Seyðisfjörður up in the north-east was way too much of a pain in the butt [mostly because I decided to drive too far in one day, per the usual] but this photo below was basically the end of my day. Mountain pass to get down into the valley. I knew something was up when I started getting ice warnings on my car and then suddenly it was white out conditions with snow on either side and some of the thickest fog I’ve seen in a while. Pretty cool though, wouldn’t want to be doing that drive in the winter however…


Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road




Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road


Just outside Mývatn is a super geothermal area where there are bubbling pots of ooze and smoke stacks that smoke all day. You really don’t want to breath in that sulfur though, it stays in your lungs for hours. Around there you can feel the ground crunch around your feet as there’s literally zero water left in the soil. A little creepy but beautiful crystal clear blue sky- Iceland has some of the cleanest air in Europe, I mean outside the smoke pots I’d imagine.


Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road


Geothermal plant with florescent blue water. There were warnings all over the place not to jump in the water though, got to keep those over zealous tourists from killing themselves.


Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road


This little band of wilderness is called the Vatnsnes Peninsula home to many a seal colony. They were getting tested on by scientists while I was there, so needless to say Tanya’s brethren [her maiden name is Seal] weren’t very happy. Neither were the birds, I had probably a good 20 birds hovering around me at all times trying to peck out my photographer eyes.


I stayed in a little town called Osar which you have to drive out pretty far on this pretty hacked up road up and over all these hills. The hostel there is awesome, but don’t expect to do too much. It’s barren and so far from the main road. Apart from the birds trying to kill you, there’s not a whole lot there. I shared a room and was highly entertained by a couple French girls and I think I fell in love with one of them so it was ok in the end.


Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road


One more post in the tank, coming up soon! Some of my favorite photos too, these ones were just ok.

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I think I've posted on all your Iceland posts thus far. How long were you there for? I'm going back in March next year, but that might not be a good time to attempt the ring road. Maybe I'll stick to Reykjavik again and Akureyri.
Thanks for commenting! I was there for only like a week, slipped in between wedding season. There were certain areas which I spent more time in, so I'm sure I'll be back at some point. March might be a little too early to try the ring road, I'm positive there's still going to be snow- not sure how well they maintain it in the winter...