Jack's travelblog

To the middle of nowhere

Saturday 10 June. After breakfast we’re on our way. Along the fjord over the old road in the direction of Reykjavik. Turn left to the 520. Mountains full of lupine and an unpaved road to the 50. First stop is Deildartunguhver, natural hot springs, steaming hills and a geothermal plant that produces 62 MW a year. The boiling water bubbling and sizzling and a rope keep the tourists at safe distance. More to the east a parking. Follow the other people and see Hraunfossar, the lava waterfalls. Over a few hundred meter springs come out of the lava rocks and fill the river. Further on white water rushing down through a narrow gorge. Amazing view.

At the end of the road the 550 goes south. A detour on the 551 to the glacier edge of Langjökull. Here special trucks with big wheels to transport tourists to the entrance of a man made ice tunnel. Lunch is noddle soup and an orange. Turn the car and back to the “main” road. The landscape is endless rocks and snow. Sun on one side, dark clouds at the other. Dramatic view. The 550 south provide more spectacular views. Enough chances to take characteristic pictures. The 52 completes our adventure driving west again. Back on the paved road a light on the dashboard indicates a flat tire. Too bad. Change the tire and back in town try to fix it. No chance on Saturday afternoon. Well the spare tire will do.

Tonight we have dinner at Gamla Kaufélagid. A classy place with tasty food and popular to locals.

Sunday we take the scenic road to Reykjavik. We skip the tunnel and take road 47 along the fjord. Beautiful scenery, sunny weather, just great. Luckily there’s a tire-shop in Reykjavik open on Sunday. The only one in the country. They fix the flat tire for a fair price and we’re at the airport in time. Have a snack and at 16:15 h flight FI504 takes us home. This road trip has come to an end.

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