Arhive pe etichete: road trip

Trip to Eastfjords – day 3 (part 1) 

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The adventurous day was this one, for sure. 

I woke up around 7. Too early I would say, so I decided I wasn’t in a hurry. The guy from reception told me about three hikes and I wanted to try at least one. But two of them were starting about 17 km away,  so I would need a car. Which by now you understood I was in no position to have that. But then I thought about renting a bike. The hike itself was about one hour so normally I would have plenty of time. However when I found out the price (4 hours – 4500 ISK), I kinda gave up. So back to hitchhiking. 

The weather was stable as in no wind, but rainy and quite gloomy. And I started walking around 9:30 for about one hour outside the city until I realized nobody actually goes where I want to. So luckily I caught a ride back in town and from there I stopped and talked with an Icelandic man. He was preparing to chop down a tree that was a danger for the house close to it. So I asked him where to go for another hike (heading towards a lake) and he told me. But my brain already decided where to go, so I didn’t listen to him. I was heading outside the city, walking again for like 30 minutes when I realised I wasn’t heading to where my hike would start. And right when I was trying to figure it out where to go, I got attacked by two birds. Note to self: screaming doesn’t help. Running away from the place is. I was quite bummed out how I wasted so much time to not go anywhere. And while I was getting sad, I called on my own bullshit. More about it, on the vlog. You know I’m gonna have vlogs about this trip, right?

And like this I headed back in town. This time going in the correct direction. Around 12 I started the actual hike which was the most beautiful hike in a long while. I was hiding in between mountains and even though it was drizzling, I had a great time. Two hours into the hike.. I decided to stop. To eat and then head back. Even though in front of me there was Ana amazing waterfall but I’m pretty sure it was one more hour until getting there.  And for the last 30 minutes I was walking in a bit of a swamp. Or anyway.. My shoes were completely soaked and I was starting to be tired. And I was feeling a bit cold too. 

So I went back and around 14:30 I was outside of the city, direction Egilsstaðir trying to catch a ride to take me all the way to Berunes. Well, this time nothing was that easy. 

Eastfjords trip – day 1

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It’s been a while since I wrote about my trips. Well, it’s time to come back to that. And this is as fresh as they came. 

I planned to see the East Fjords this weekend. I left Reykjavik Friday morning (today)  and planning to go back Monday evening. But the plans have already been changed a bit. 

After sleeping around 5 hours last night, even though I had a feeling of not going, I persevered. So at 8:15 am I was on route 1, close to Esja. The hitchhiking place for going in the North. Now living in Reykjavik makes it a bit difficult to choose which way to go East. I decided to take the plane back. So I couldn’t afford anything else than hitchhiking my way there, through the North. 

Which, unfortunately wasn’t that easy. Not this time. It took me more than 30 minutes to be picked up by someone. And he drove me only on the other side of the tunnel. Luckily I only stayed there for less than 3 minutes and the second car already stopped. I was dropped off outside Borgarnes. 

Now this is the reason why I love hitchhiking in Iceland. Not only because it’s free. And I don’t waste CO2. I also get to learn or listen to different kind of stories or, even better, information about my beloved Iceland. 

For example, I’ve seen some ships today in a harbour and it seems it’s  the commemoration of the American base that used to be here. This weekend it’s gonna be a lot of them. Also, we talked about Lupina the invasive flower brought here from Alaska. People now are divided in two.. You either hate it, or love it. 

After waiting for about 15 minutes outside Borgarnes. The third car picked me up. And luckily he drove me almost 200 km. I love long drives, especially when people are amazing. Like the British-Swiss-Icelandic man. Yup, all three in one. Born in UK, from a Swiss mother lives in Iceland since he was 12. And he used to be one of the volunteers for rescue team here, in Iceland. He told me about hiking from Landmanalaugar to Thorsmork, or another mountain in the East. He told me stories about Westfjords and also about the mountains in Switzerland. I wish he could have driven me farther away. I loved hearing his stories. 

Then I was dropped off just at the intersection with the „Seal city”. There was a bus coming towards Akureyri in about one hour. So that was my backplan. But 20 minutes later after starting to be cold from the very harsh wind I got picked up by a Canadian couple. 

They’re French was different from any French I heard before. Crazy,  adventurous couple who were doing the ring road. I spoke mostly with him because she was only speaking French. But most of the time they ignored me, so I almost fell asleep in the car. Luckily the music was loud and rhythmic so my sleep never got to deep. 

Eventually, after few stops for taking photos, we made it to Akureyri. They kept going but I decided I will take a bus to Egilsstaðir and from there hitchhike to Húsey where I was supposed to sleep tonight. 

But when people from info center called the hostel, I was informed there is no transportation from Egilsstaðir to the hostel. And the weather is really bad so it’s vetted for me to stay somewhere else. 

And here I am. Stopped in Akureyri. 4 cars, around 400 km in about 6 hours. Tired but happy with my decision. Tomorrow morning I will continue my trip and hopefully make it to the East. Wish me luck. 

P. S.  Vlogs will come way later. And probably I will add a map another time. 

P. P. S. Sorry for butchering some Icelandic names, I don’t have all the characters on my tablet.