Day 25: Thursday 27 July 2017
Good nights sleep in Hvammstangi Hostel – Great to sleep in a bed again….
Weather was cold and windy, but blue skies and no rain all day.
Decided to stay one more night at this very good hostel – highly recommended.
Spent the morning catching up with internet / blog article generation and publication.
Our first stop was at Anastaðastapi, which is a lava sea stack, with an unmanned lighthouse nearby.
We then stopped at Hamarsrett, where we visited an interesting sheep corral / pen on the sea cliffs.
We then visited Svalbarð (not the Nowegian one), where we saw seals basking in the sun, on the shores of a small island just offshore.
After that, we drove on to Illugastaðir, to see more seals and bird life, as well as an old farm tractor.
We then drove to the tip of Vatnsnes peninsula, to Hindisvik, where until recently more seals could be spotted.
However, the area has recently been closed, to allow the seal population to regain their numbers, which have been in decline over recent period.
The sea stack has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking / or a troll (depending on your point of view).
The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.
Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live on at Hvítserkur and its name (“white shit” in Icelandic) comes from the colour of the guano deposited on its rocks.
We were fortunate enough to arrive when the tide was out.
So, we scrambled down the cliff, and crossed the sand bars out to the sea stack.
If you look closely, you may see Neil “holding up” the sea stack…..
After that we drove onto Road 717 (Borgarvegur) to Borgarvirki, which was a really interesting road.
We then joined Road 716 (Síðuvegur) east to re-joined Road 711 (Vatnsnesvegur) back to Road 1 and Road 72 (Hvammstangavegur) to Hvammstangi.
Very windy afternoon photographic session, but well worth the trip.
No Tracking Data today.