Iceland: Day 1 - Arrival

May 24, 2014  •  1 Comment

Saturday, May 24

Our day started Friday afternoon. The previous weeks had been stressful as we were moving into and renovating our new acreage. To say a holiday was in order was an understatement. Adding to our anxiety was the strike action on the part of the Icelandair pilots, thankfully resolved only a couple days prior to our departure. Everything did work out and things went off without a hitch.

A short 6 hour flight found us at Keflavik and soon into the awaiting shuttle to our RV rental agency, Touring Cars. We spent a good couple hours in their warehouse, first watching a video about our vehicle, then receiving a demonstration, and then inspecting every inch of it for damage and taking pictures. A strong east wind pelted the tin roof with rain as we wrapped up at Touring Cars.

Eager to put some distance between ourselves and the airport, we drove to Hveragerði, a town surrounded by countless hot springs. We bought some groceries at Bonus and, having not slept much on the plane, drove just out of town for a nap. We had planned to do a short hike up to the hot river, but it was still cold, windy, and rainy, and we concluded that we would likely get a similar chance elsewhere along our journey. I took this photo just outside the town:

Geothermal WoolGeothermal Wool

We stopped for supper on a side street in the town itself, and when we wondered where the steam was rising from, we found this geothermal cafe:

 

Earth CookingEarth Cooking

We drove up to Geysir by way of Skálholt in the pouring rain and low visibility, where we parked outside the local campground for the night.

Skálholt MistSkálholt Mist


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1.Sherry(non-registered)
Awesome photos Davin! Have bee thinking of u guys lots and wondering how' your trip was going! Enjoy, see you soon and look forward to more pictures!.
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