Heading South ... to a warmer climate ! And the case of the disappearing road!

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Lake Myvatan
After a lovely nights sleep we were treated to a great icelandic breakfast and the first taste of "Lava Bread"

What!

yes Lavabread!

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.
Lake Myvatan


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 .
Lake Myvatan
...... and then another crossing like the first ... F734 is starting to be fun.......

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!

great!

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!

scratch F734!!

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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Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
hmmm snow! Lake Myvatan
hmmm snow! Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
pseudo crater .. not really a volc…
pseudo crater .. not really a vol…
Godafoss
Godafoss
Lava bread
Lava bread
Snow from Lake Myvatan
Snow from Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Lake Myvatan
Godafoss
Godafoss
Godafoss
Godafoss
Akuryri
Akuryri
Akuryri
Akuryri
1 heading south to Akuryri
1 heading south to Akuryri
1 heading south to Akuryri
1 heading south to Akuryri
1 heading south to Akuryri
1 heading south to Akuryri
Icelanders.. Icelandic Horses
Icelanders.. Icelandic Horses
nice .... needs alittle touch up h…
nice .... needs alittle touch up …
tea time!!
tea time!!
weather is better this side of the…
weather is better this side of th…
weather is better this side of the…
weather is better this side of th…
F734 the road to nowhere
F734 the road to nowhere
F734 the road to nowhere - starts …
F734 the road to nowhere - starts…
but .. starts to disappear
but .. starts to disappear
and disappear
and disappear
and .....!
and .....!
after 3 river crossings turned bac…
after 3 river crossings turned ba…
F35 to Hveravellier
F35 to Hveravellier
F35 to Hveravellier
F35 to Hveravellier
Hveravellier
Hveravellier
Hveravellier hot springs!
Hveravellier hot springs!
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photo by: sandraljoska