Heading South ... to a warmer climate ! And the case of the disappearing road!
Akureyri Travel Blog› entry 9 of 27 › view all entries
June 29th, 2008 – by: dl4plm
Lava bread is a kind of sticky malt bread baked in underground ovens.
The bread can only be described as a kind of malt bread made with dark treacle.. the mixed ingredients are placed in a milk carton, put inside a buried washing machine drum that is on the volcanic slopes and baked for 24 hours!
What comes out is delicious... somewhat heavy ... but great tasting....
Served with some Arctic Smoked Char from the lake .. well ... a nice breakfast!
Breakfast was at the big table in the guest house and we could see the snow on the surrounding mountains in the sun... the guest house owner commented in the unusually heavy snow fall for June!
Fuelled aand ready to go we said our goodbyes and headed south on the main A1.
We took the chance of a picture stop or 10 on the lake edge before heading to Godafoss ... another huge watefall.
We continued south on the A1 heading up high and into the snow fields again .
At Akuryri we took a small over land detour to loose about 50km of the main road and enjoyed a trip off road again .
Akuryri was wet ... I mean monsoon proportions ... cold and wet!
We headed south until we reach the F35 and the road to Hveravellier.
The plan was to cut across from the F35 via the F734.
And now you have to realise the kind of country your in.
We following the F734 for 80km or more.... almost 20km from the end the road starts to get more like a track ... then the track starts getting harder.... we cross a huge deep river that gets the adrenaline running again .
But you should know that roads with larger numbers are increasingly fun..... we found that more than 1 time .....
and F734 was no exception!
Suddenly we are faced by a huge washed out gully.... high sides... no problem for me and my great truck but ..... theres a wire fence across the road. We stop and look .... no other way round and no way of untiying the wires..... odd.
walking the other side I see a huge river .... I mean big!
Hmmm that was where we needed to go!
Ok .. only way is back ... 80km!
We stop a local farmer and his son ... no english is spoken .... I show him the road and he explains that the road was washed out in a storm and would not be rebuilt!
Back on the main road we head south to Hveravellier...... reflecting the fun day and that as a traveller you can never be quite clear what you will find round the next corner!
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