Iceland 2021 Page 7

Hunkered Down In Höfn

All set up for a long stay.

Quite a view along this bike path!

Parked outside in plain view, with gear on it. That's security in a small Iceland town.

A thoroughly used tube.

The patches did help, but the tube still got eroded.

No matter how many times you wash your sweats, you can't get highway tar out!

A sudden change in road surface.
A tiny nameless island just off the coast of Höfn
Sponsored by a local restaurant.
This must be part of a larger installation.
Looking across the bay to the glacier at Kverkfjöll volcano.
Gotta take your sunlight where you find it.

Most artctic terns get to Iceland by flying. Some pay a boatman.

All kinds of stuff for the hungry traveler.

And power sockets? Nice!

Delicious fried eggs and vampire teeth for sale!

Bag O' Snackables.

The joint's jumpin'!

Roaming free! Until winter sets in. Then you take them indoors or they die.

Is this some kind of national pastime?

I dig this thorough packing job.
Need a late-night drive-through burger? Here's your spot.
Dockside attractions.
I haven't seen a trough urinal in years. And here's one in jolly first-world Iceland.
Sudden camper van explosion!

Icelandic Security

In an emergency you can exit through the utility room.

I bet the key to the other door opens this one too.

Have people done this before?

It was even easier than it looks.

Just on the other side of the door. How handy!

The keys to the kingdom!

Onward To The Settlement

The post office: My touring salvation.

Finally the tire arrives!

A bunch of patches on the inside managed to slow the disintegration, but not stop it.

Taking this tire along for a while just in case the replacement is bad.

Oh boy, no more lumpy rolling!

My one slap-bracelet has seen better days.

Chomp chomp says the pony!

Sunset goats!
Goats on the move.
Gotta eat lots of grass to get hair that shiny.
Where there's a wool, there a way. What, you don't like my wordplay? Is it baa-a-a-a-aa-aad??
Bonus moo!
Psst, Mom... There's one of those paparazzi after us again.
In a few months it'll be time to go into the barn for the cold, cold winter.
Oh hay! It's a pleasant evening for horses.

Oh boy, a tunnel!

Viking cafe? That sounds like my kind of thing.

Sunset over Höfn.

Fact And Fiction

Had to use one guyline here, on account of the high wind. Still a pretty good site!

HYARR TIME TO RAID THE SNACK SUPPLY

A simpler weapon, from a more savage age.

Handy map on a napkin box.

A great spot for an all-day hack-a-thon!

You know your cafe is in a beautiful place when you can look at the photographs adorning the walls and find the cafe itself at the base of the mountain.

I get the impression that most of this is leftover material from back when the viking movie set was constructed.

Seawater does terrible things to metal.

Pretty majestic spot for a settlement. Well chosen, location scout!

TIME TO RAID THE SETTLEMENT! ARRR!

Hard to tell how accurate any of this is. What would a building of this shape be for?

I wonder how many raiders were spotted from these gates? (Answer: Zero.)
I can imagine an actor being crammed in there with the bars shut, screaming about an imminent invasion. "Wait 'till my brother Hrölf finds out I'm here!"
The main longhouse building of the set.
I can imagine a small herd of animals crammed in here.
I wonder if this semi-enclosed side hallway is part of the traditional layout?
Set designers and engineers must have been crawling through these windows constantly.
At this point, not a pleasant place for a bed and nightstand.
Absurdly shallow stairs must have made daily life here a bit treacherous.

Yep, there's a house in there.

It would take some serious cleanup to make this building livable again.

I wonder what they were using this giant curtain to conceal?

Interesting carvings!

Maxin' and relaxin' in mah viking camp.

Three superimposed 30 second shots from the iPhone. Not bad considering it was quite dark out.

Wall of the viking settlement movie set, with just a hint of Aurora Borealis in the sky.

More of the viking movie set wall.

Sole Witness To An Accident

When you gotta dry your pants...

Across the bay from the viking settlement -- a radar station!

The road back to the road.
That's a whole lotta erosion!
There's a very similar formation on the inside of Crater Lake over in Oregon.
I'm glad I wasn't here when this rolled down the mountain.

Hmm something odd about this landscape but I can't quite figure it out...

Strange coastline near Höfn

Pretty shpooky!

Lighthouse near Höfn in the morning.

The closer I get, the more majestic it becomes!

An Icelandic mining operation.

Do I look ready for my first tunnel of this tour?

I'm definitely an old nerd, because when I see this sign, I think of a video game console.

This one is nice and modern.

Okay well there's a little wear and tear, but still pretty modern lookin'.

Enjoying tunnel!

Out of the tunnel, into the fresh air again.

I think this sign is saying something about city versus country speed limits, but it's way too complicated.

Tired of traveling? Take a rest, in the big red random chair.

Them's some sharp mountains.
The view looking back to the tunnel entrance.
A mountain with its own personal cloud hat!
These bridges are always a thrill to cross.
Sunset colors building over a field.
Imagine the cup of cocoa you could make with marshmallows this size!
I always enjoy these tangled sunset cloudscapes.

Hay wrapped up for later chomping. Gotta have that when the weather gets as bad as it does in Iceland.

The car, where it landed.

The first impact dug up a big chunk of turf and flung it to one side.

The rear wheels came down in the same place just after the front ones bounced up.

Pretty cute spot!

Another fine camping spot.

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