Roadtripping in Iceland, part one

Iceland has been on my travel wish list for many years now. My friend Annukka, who I met sailing in Antarctica, has been working in Iceland this summer so I decided it would be the perfect time to visit! Last week we met up in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, borrowed a little red car from a friend who was stuck in Greenland and couldn’t return to Iceland to come along for the trip, and hit the road. We drove to the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. The region is mountainous with winding, bumpy, dirt and gravel roads wrapping their way through fjords and over mountain passes. There were times when we didn’t think our little car could make it… we had to downshift into first or second gear to make it up any steep slopes, but…… we did it!

We drove all day, taking in the incredible landscapes, and camped out at night. At 66*N during the height of summer, there are less than 4 hours of darkness, so we could spend the full day exploring. We had no plans or itinerary– eventually we did acquire a map– so we just picked a new beautiful place to wild camp every night.

It was the best road trip I’ve ever taken.

Our trusty little red car! Borrowed from a friend's mom.
Our trusty little red car! Borrowed from a friend’s mom. We nicknamed it the Pony Mobile.
Our first evening on the road.
Our first evening on the road.

the vagabondist: roadtripping in iceland

the vagabondist: roadtripping in iceland
Annukka and me, our first night driving from Reykjavik towards the Westfjords.
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Exploring the roadside.
the vagabondist; roadtripping in iceland
Annukka & the cotton grass! Cotton grass (eriophorum scheuchzeri) grows all along the roadsides throughout Iceland.
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Resting in the sedges.
Misty fjords.
Misty fjords in Árneshreppur.
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A rocky beach in Árneshreppur, in the Westfjords.
One of the beaches in Árneshreppur.
One of the beaches in Árneshreppur.

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The sea view from Djúpavik
The sea view from Djúpavik
The tiny town of Djúpavik sits under a beautiful waterfall, Djuúpavikurfoss.
The tiny town of Djúpavik sits under a beautiful waterfall, Djúpavikurfoss.
The abandoned herring factory in Djúpavik,
The abandoned herring factory in Djúpavik,
The old herring factory has large vats the were used to store omega-3 oils. The vats are still standing, and you can peek (or climb) inside through small openings. This one is flooded.
The old herring factory has large vats that were used to store omega-3 oils. The vats are still standing, and you can peek (or climb) inside through small openings. This one is flooded.
We found a dry vat to climb into... it was a little bit of a tight squeeze.
We found a dry vat to climb into… it was a bit of a squeeze.
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Inside the old fish oil vat.
the vagabondist: roadtripping in iceland
The acoustics in these are incredible. We spent a long time standing inside singing & listening– it sounded like we were singing with a choir.
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Flowers growing on the black rocks of a volcanic beach.
the vagabondist: roadtripping in iceland
A small waterfall along a volcanic beach.
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7 thoughts on “Roadtripping in Iceland, part one

    1. Thank Dai Mar! The old fish factories were a great surprise to find along the way. It’s been amazing so far!

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