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 ICELAND





Photos from a 10 day road trip through the
north and south west of Iceland

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Iceland  ------------  05.26.2015

 

Chapter 1: Let's go to Iceland!
 

Morten: Hey! Are you up for going to Iceland in may? 
Mathias: - Yeah, let’s do it

And that was it. We booked a flight from Copenhagen to Iceland for 10 days. We knew we were going to do a road trip, so we had a car waiting for us in Reykjavik. We decided not to plan anything, and just book everything on the go.


A few kilometers outside of Reykjavik.

Chapter 01  ------------  05.26.2015

 

North

The original plan was to drive around the island, but we quickly realized that it would take way too long. We decided to drive north and see how long we could go, before we had to go back. We left Reykjavik the next day and started going north with no real plan.

The one thing you immediately notice once you get out of Reykjavik, is the emptiness. Houses and farms are so far from the city and in so remote locations. You start to wonder how it would be to live like this and about all the things we take for granted in a modern society.


The light on Iceland is amazing! The clouds opens up for these small light pockets that gives the whole landscape a very surreal look.

Chapter 02  ------------  05.28.2015

 

Hellissandur

We arrived to Hellissandur the next day, a small village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Snæsfellsnes is on the north west side, and a must see on Iceland.


Ingjaldshólskirkja church - One of the oldest concrete churches on Iceland.

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80% of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves. Even today, roads have been rerouted and building plans redesigned or abandoned to avoid disturbing rocks where elves are said to live.

Chapter 03  ------------  05.29.2015

 

Snæfellsjökull

We decided to drive around the national park in Snæfellsjökull and then head back the other way around to go further North. We stopped at Djúpalónssandur  to see the black beach and the big rock formations. The landscape is so surreal, and it's almost like being on another planet. 


Mathias on the black beach
 

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There are almost no trees on Iceland. The only real forrest is on the east side. Today, Iceland plants more trees than any other nation in the world.


Powerfull waves coming in on the beach. Not a place to go surfing!


Getting some fresh air.
 

We made a stop in Hellnar which is an old fishing village on the south side of the Snæsfellsnes peninsula. There is not much to do, but there is a lot of cool random houses that's worth seeing.


We did a hike on one of the small mountains in Snæfellsjökull National Park

Chapter 04  ------------  05.29.2015

 

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

We were told to go see this giant crack in a mountain called Botnsfjall. It's a really cool hike, and because of the snow inside the cave, we were able to get up quite high. It started to get a little bit too
dangerous so we had to go back.


Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge - Entrance to the cave.

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60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík. Iceland was also one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.


A view from one of the many overlooking spots.

Chapter 05  ------------  05.31.2015

 

Heading South

We drove all the way up to Patreksfjörður and decided that it was the last stop before heading back. The ride up there was all worth it and we got to swim in one of the thermal pools. The next day we started our drive back to Reykjavik and was able to do it in one day, even through a snowstorm.


Urriðafoss - A really nice waterfall on the southwest part of Iceland.

Skógafoss

Width a 60m drop and 25m width, Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. It's very easy to get to, and therefor very popular among tourists. It's definitely worth seeing and absolutely magnificent to stand below it. It's like being in a crazy thunderstorm because of the mist and the sound it's making.


At the bottom of Skógafoss 


Not the saftest place to get to, but the view was all worth it.
 

One of the most popular hiking tracks starts at the bottom of Skógafoss. Unfortunately we didn't have time to do it, and you need a bit more equipment than just camera. There is a small mini hike to the top of the waterfall up some wooden stairs that is quite easy to do.

Chapter 05  ------------  06.02.2015

 

Seljavallalaug

The Seljavallalaug pool is a must see if you go to the South of Iceland. It can be a little tricky to find, specially if there is a lot of snow, but Google will tell you everything you need to know. It's one of the oldest pools in Iceland and was built in 1923.

Sólheimasandur Plane Crash

The old US Navy plane on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach is a very popular spot among photographers. The plane crashed on November 24th, 1973 and miraculously everyone survived the crash. The wreck is still there, but isn't that easy to get to.


The wreck of United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 plane.

Chapter 06  ------------  06.04.2015

 

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If you are interested in knowing more about Iceland or some of the locations, feel free to e-mail me.