Road to Husavik

Akureyri Travel Blog

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A stream on the road to Akureyri.
  • From Reykjavik: So straight from Gullfoss/Geysir, I drove 2 hours back to Reykjavik to continue towards the north, to Husavik. It would take me more than 7 hours according to the hotel guy, but I thought I could make it in 6 or maybe less... yeah, right! hehehe.

 

  • I was kind of frustrated because one of the places I wanted to visit was Bjargtangar; the "westernmost point of Europe", but the hotel guy said it was impossible to go there and then to Husavik on the same day. He said it would take me 10-12 hours to get there from Reykjiavik, if the weather was ok (it seldom is).
    Northern landscapes...
    And he said he went there and his car's breaks were wasted after hours and hours driving downhill through "dangerous" cliffs, where the wind is even stronger in Iceland. Stronger winds??? cliffs??? 10-12 hours??? and coming from an Icelandic viking-ish man, I took an executive decission and decided not to go there, at least not in this trip.

 

  • On my way to the north I passed through a long tunnel (~$12 toll) and then some beautiful Fjords before going towards the mountains that were already covered with snow. It rained and then started snowing!!! I thought, perfect, just what I needed. It wasn't even real snow, it was all mixed with rain and you know, wind wind wind...

 

  • It got bad when I had to go uphill right behind a gigantic truck which had almost stopped and I had to pass it.
    The Akureyri Hotel, in... Akureyri. Very original name.
    My 2WD car was losing grip and it lost a little control, so I had to go as slow as I could. That was scary: wind, snow, uphill, truck, 2WD, rocks on the side... But I made it, and after that, it got a little better.

 

  • The drive was incredibly long, lots of winding roads and alternating between rain and snow depending on the altitude. Sunset was beautiful, creating shadows that made the landscape even more extraterrestrial. The ocasional farms and electricity poles were the few things that reminded you that it was earth you were driving on...

 

  • Akureyri: once I got here I thought "I'm almost there!!!", it's a very small city but has a beautiful lake opened to the sea and mountains in the back. I got down to take a few pics since the visitor center was closed. I left right away. It wasn't raining or snowing anymore (hallelujah!) and I stopped by a pretty lake (?) at Eijafjordur.
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A stream on the road to Akureyri.
A stream on the road to Akureyri.
Northern landscapes...
Northern landscapes...
The Akureyri Hotel, in... Akureyri…
The Akureyri Hotel, in... Akureyr…
Akureyri, close to the visitor cen…
Akureyri, close to the visitor ce…
More northern landscapes...
More northern landscapes...
A lake on the way to Husavik.
A lake on the way to Husavik.
Akureyri
photo by: sandraljoska