Iceland 2021 Page 6

Big waterfall, big meal

He'll go a lot farther than I will today.

I can't believe I forgot to ask him his name.

Hanging in the hostel common area.

Hanging in the hostel common area.

Funky rocks revealed in the channel cut by the river.

An interestingly layered chunk of rock. Obsidian subject to repeated coatings of blowing dust as it cooled?

A decent-size river.
It's a long way down...
Looks slippery!
Tiny drops coating everything, day and night, for months.
I wonder how much faster the signposts degrade in this constant rain.
A constant light rain.
So many drops!
So much moss!!
Delicious mist from the Huldufoss.
The ravine made a perfect channel for bringing the mist up to spectator height.
A lot of churning going on!
The noise was channeled upward just like the mist. Very intense.
I wonder how often this very rainbow appears. Probably for hours every day...
It's the Bilröst!
Pleased to be seeing a rainbow!

Lazy sheep taking in the view.

The closer to the horizon you look, the colder the terrain!

Follow that cloud! But first, have lunch before going up that dang hill.
Lots of deep blue sky here.
The jets often cross the sky at odd angles here.
This area has a dryer feel to it than the others. Even the highlands felt relatively damp.
Will those sheep never learn?
Descending into a strange flatland. Looks like a layer cake.
YACICS: Yet Another Cute Icelandic Church Syndrome. It starts hitting you after the third week.
That farm has quite a lot of toilet paper! Good for pandemic times!

More of those nifty lava columns.

Go bikers go! Also: Dang, pedaling that load, in sandals? I bet those are e-bikes.

Go go go! Whoooo!

Fine place for a walk around ... then a picnic ... then a nap!

It's the cover of that unreleased prog rock album that Pink Floyd would have made before Roger Waters got too spazzy

Spending a day driving the giant hay-munching beetle.

I love watching the beetle poop out rolls of hay.

Lots of hardware on this truck.

Lots of farming happening quickly here in the high summer.
The last hill of the day! Whew!! Well, no actually there was one more.
A long straight ride against the wind to close out the day.

28 kilometers that way on the 1, and I can stop for the night.

Yes, I bought three meals. And ate them.

Finally at the campground!!

An interesting character

So many fun accessories and stickers!

Apparently it's a reconstruction of a convent. I never did find the time to wander inside. ("Hey, were there any interesting things in there?" "No; nun!!" WHA-CHAAAAAH)

This guy! THISSS GUUUUYYY!!!!

The fanciest hotel room of the whole trip, I suspect. Got it on a deep discount.

SINK LAUNDRY!

Time to make that radiator earn its keep.

Glaciers and plains

A crisp, clear morning. Just the tiniest bit of tailwind.

Happy horses enjoying the short summer.

Hard to beat this roadside view!

Multiple layers of farming.

Not a lot of natural arches in this terrain, so it's surprising to find even a small one.

Local pie and local waterfall.

You know it's a warm day in Iceland when you start seeing heat mirage on the road.

If you squint, it looks like a beach covered in elephant seals.

Stopping for a snack, and to try swapping my front tube.

Got mjolk?

Depending on where you stand, the cloud cover is a lot closer.
Clouds throwing shade.
Geologic history laid bare.
This was a pretty long bridge!
The incongruous flatness of a zone long covered in glacier ice.
A closer look at the pulverized flatness of the glacial plain.
Meltwater churning with rock dust, moving out to sea.

Interesting info about the early explorers of the Vatnajökul ice cap.

This would be impossible without the road.
There's an extremely fancy waterfall in there, but I'd seen so many pictures of it already I wasn't all that enthusiastic about riding over.
Glacier under dramatic cloud cover.
The first full-on view of a glacier for this tour.
This bridge wasn't in use. I'm not sure why.
Slowly getting dark.
A channel of sunlight.
45 years old, circling Iceland in the late summer.
Seriously, a view like this is just wasted on sheep!
Imagine this massive pile of ice slowly sliding down the side of that mountain, year after year, for tens of thousand of years, crunching boulders down to sand, which washes away...

Sheep just can't appreciate how great of a view they have...

Wreckage from part of the highway that got destroyed in a flood years ago.

Wreckage is cool!

Having only one road around most of your country is problematic.
The old bridge at Gígjukvísl was smashed away by floodwater carrying icebergs that weighed up to 2000 tons.
Background and description of the 1996 volcanic eruption and flood.
When constructing a road like this there are choices to make that sometimes conflict with each other.

Even guided tours on this glacier are strongly discouraged. This is a warning to locals as well as visitors.

Not only are there rockslides already damaging the road, but more could happen any time!

Oh, fart! It's impassable!

Hello, meltwater! Gosh there's a lot of you.

A restaurant serving food to an avalanche of people, mess-hall buffet style. One of the best deals I've seen in all of Iceland, actually.

The view outside the restaurant.

It's a nice spot, but way too expensive for what you get.

The room before I obscured it under all the reast of my gear.

Drying clothes, importing photos, and patching a tire all at once.

So many snacks got chomped!

A River Of Ice

Everything's outside the room, so it counts as checking out!

Reassembling the patched tire. Let's see how far this gets us...

Another natural arch way up there! This totally feels Lord Of The Rings-ish.
Comminucations gear waaaay up on a hill.
Glacier under cloud.
I know starkness is sometimes the Icelandic modern style, but come on, couldn't you do just a little bit of landscaping? This is a hotel but it looks like a storage facility.
Spoooooky valleys!
Looking south across the layers to the Atlantic.

A long straight approach to the foot of the next glacier.

An absurdly expensive restaurant but the view is alright.
Heading away from the glacier now. Looks very different from any angle!
Centuries of ice piled on top of itself.
So much ice!

ROAD CAKE. The best kind.

The ice just keeps going up...

Approaching the Jökulsárlón glacier bridge.
Cars have to wait their turn, but people just stroll across.
The bridge makes a great photo spot.

A busy day on Jökulsárlón glacier.

I dig this.

I'll never understand why Ford discontinued this van body style. It was so versatile...

It's a giant bookshelf; get it?

Lots of instructions for finding the cabin.

The rock talks.

They custom-laid me a table for one, rather than making me wait. Nicelandic!

A new sticker!

Where to go, and how to get in.

Not 20 minutes in, and stuff is everywhere already.

Limping to civilization

Tasty somewhat traditional breakfast at the museum.

Reindeer were imported into Iceland as an experiment over 200 years ago.

Go bikers go!

More cyclists! Go go go!

Clouds cutting the top off the ridges.
Little ridge, big ridge.
I absolutely 100% guarantee this telephone pole arrived on a ship.
Very few cars today; just the way I like it.
It's a monument to ... Something. I didn't read the kiosk.

Okay, so... Egg in a cup... How is that different from all the other food icons?

A long pipe, fetching water from the lake over the ridge.
Sheep in a heap!
Some giant indoor facility here. Probably for sporting events.
Glacier in the mist.
My destination town in the distance.

Was that sign added by a Russian speaker?

A cool causeway! Luckily cars were sparse, because the road was quite narrow.
An inspiring view to pedal towards.
Roiling cloud piling up around a hill.
I'm pretty sure this sign is announcing police cameras.
A cement house seems like a great idea right up until a massive crack appears in one wall and you start wondering if you'll wake up one morning under a pile of rubble...
A neat sculpture on the coast.

The panorama to the north.

Brought the bike in for the night. Cozy!

My little LED candle really is awesome.

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