Day 15: Hafnarfjörður – Ishestar Tour – Reykjavík – Hafnarfjörður

Day 15: Monday 17 July 2017


Good nights sleep.

Rain overnight, but weather at start of day changed for the better, remaining cool, overcast, but dry for rest of the day.



Spent the morning taking Horse Riding Tour with Íshestar

We chose to take the morning “Lava Tour“, in Hafnarfjörður area, which lasted ca.3 hours.



The Íshestar Riding Centre is set in beautiful surroundings, just outside Hafnarfjörður, about 10 minutes drive from our campsite.



The tour took us through woodland areas, as well as out into the open lava fields.


Dina’s horse decided to try and return back to the stable, against the riders will, which provided her a challenge.
Her horse then later, tried to kick Neil’s horse, which provided additional excitement.

Both Tuva and Dina wore GoPro Chest Harnesses, to capture videos of the trip.
Once we have downloaded, edited and finalised these files, we will release a combined YouTube film – coming soon………



At the end of the tour, we received some Íshestar promotional sticker, which we have already mounted onto our Exploration Vehicles.

This qualifies Íshestar as a ICE2017 Supporter, and we have added their logo and links to the Supporters Slider on our Home Page (lower right corner).


Gunnar then drove into Reykjavík in afternoon, to visit Toyota Workshop.
Exploration Vehicle 1 is exhibiting some potential technical issues (strange noises…)
Toyota could not review the car and diagnose the problem there and then (fully booked workshop), therefore Gunnar had to return back to the workshop in the late afternoon, so that they could take a closer look and offer advice / replacement parts. Unfortunately, Toyota still were too busy to work on the car, therefore Gunnar bought the parts.


What Happened (Expedition Vehicle 1):

The Universal Joint on the Drive Axel was suddenly giving noises and exhibited free-play, and probably needs to be replaced to be safe, if we were to continue our driving into the highlands.
At the same time, the Turbo Actuator arm suddenly failed.
Bad timing, or what….

Gunnar purchased the parts needed to complete the repairs, and with the wonderful help of the local Scout Group and Rescue Team, we worked into the evening to fix (Icelandic: “Shit Mix”) the turbo.
See photos below…



Óskar providing fatherly control……….



We would really like to thank EyÞór Orri  Óskarsson and Sölvi Ólafsson (and the CampsiteTeam (Sindri, Laufey Matthildur, Helga Lára & Ragna) at Lava Hostel (Skátafélagið HraunbúarHafnarfjörður Campsite) for their generous support and help, and for facilitating the emergency repair fix – without you guys, we would have been in trouble…

and not forgetting Óskar Sigurðsson for providing expert advice, the right tools and of course fatherly control …..(sorry EyÞór).


Interesting and very full day !!!


Continued to camp at Hafnarfjörður Campsite

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