Day 8: Hvolsvöllur – Selfoss – Þingvellir – Bifröst – Búðardalur – Laugar

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Day 08: Monday 10 July 2017

 

Good night sleep – Excellent little campsite.
We stayed here during ICE2015, and camped in exactly the same location.
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Thanks a lot for all the good advice and information from all the Icelanders that took the time to come over and talk with us – really great to meet you all…
and thanks for all the useful hints and tips.

Weather at start of day, and for rest of the day, was excellent, with blue skies, few white clouds, and hot sunshine. Not

We even had to air out the expedition vehicles before starting our day – too hot !!!

 

 

And the flies were of course out in their millions……….even inside the tent !!!

 

 

Today was a Long Drive day….

This was to accommodate changes in travel plans for Anja, resulting in a revision of the original agenda programme.

 

Continued to drive westwards / clockwise along the coastal Road 1 from Hvolsvollur to Selfoss, passing though Hella along the way.

We still had the open sea (Atlantic Ocean) on our left hand side all the way, and to begin with, Eyjafjallajökull on our right hand side.

 

 

At Selfoss, we took Road 350 (Grafningsvegur neðri), Road 360 (Grafningsvegur efri) and Road 36 (Þingvallavegur) north, to stop at Þingvellir and visit their Visitors Centre

 

 

Þingvellir is a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Reykjavík. It is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian. To its south lies Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

Þingvellir is associated with the Althing, the national parliament of Iceland, which was established at the site in 930 AD. Sessions were held at the location until 1798.

Þingvellir National Park was founded in 1930, marking the one-thousandth anniversary of the Althing. The park was later expanded to protect the diverse and natural phenomena in the surrounding area, and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2004.

The name Þingvellir translates as “the fields of parliament”, as it was the site of Alþingi, the democratic legislative assembly, highest court and most important political institution of the of the Viking Age commonwealth.

 

Þingvallavatn lake: Iceland’s largest lake
With a surface area of 84 km2 and a depth of 114 m (374 ft) it is the largest natural lake in Iceland. One river runs into Þingvallavatn, Öxará, which runs through Almannagjá gorge, but it is primarily fed by groundwater.

 

 

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9 essential things to know about Þingvellir National Park

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Beautiful video of snorkelling in crystal clear waters in lava fissure in Þingvellir national park

Diving in Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates

Powerful earthquake swarm south of Þingvellir over after 170 quakes: What happened?

Þingvellir featured in first episode of Season 4 of Game of Thrones

 

 

(Red dot on road on left hand side is actually Expedition Vehicle 1)

 

 

We then continued along Road 36 (Þingvallavegur) north, to join Road 52 (Uxahryggjavegur) Road 510 (Hvítárvallavegur) towards Hvanneryi, before re-joining Road 1 northwards towards Bifröst.

 

 

We then stopped at Bifröst, which is a small settlement in western Iceland, in the Mýrasýsla county, and is the site of Bifröst University, a small private campus university.

 

 

Continued along Road 1 north-eastwards, before joining Road 60 (Vestfjarðavegur) norhwards towards Búðardalur, which we passed through.

The village has a long history, dating from the time of the first settlements in Iceland. The name means “Camp Valley”, or more directly “Dale of Booths”. It is where settlers had temporary camps when coming to the area.

At a short distance from the village is Eiríksstaðir, the homestead of Erik the Red, who discovered Greenland and whose son Leif Erikson, born at Eiríksstaðir, discovered North America, ahead of Columbus.

 

Continued along Road 60 (Vestfjarðavegur) northwards until we arrived at Laugar in late afternoon, and stayed at campsite of Hotel Edda Laugar i Saelingsdal.

Here we also camped in exactly the same location as ICE2015.

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Day 13: Ísafjörður- Laugar

Day 14: Laugar – Ólafsvík

 

 

The Edda Hotel in Saelingsdalur, has a 25m open air geothermal heated swimming pool and hot pots – excellent !!!

 

 

At the campsite we met another Norwegian Family with their Arctic Trucks (AT35) from Nittedal, Norway.

Had a really good evening conversation with Espen Opheim, about our Arctic Trucks and common Iceland experiences.

 

 

The Tracking Data Map from today:

 

 

 

4 Responses

  1. Mike
    | Reply

    Yellow tents are good fly attractors from my experience!

    • Neil Smith
      | Reply

      Hei Mike
      Sorry for late reply…
      I think the flies were inside every colour of tent that day 🙂
      Otherwise, we have been relatively fly-free so far.
      Cheers
      Neil 🙂

  2. Espen Opheim
    | Reply

    Nice meeting you guys, hopefully we can meet later as well. Bless-bless for the journey ahead…

    • Neil Smith
      | Reply

      Hei Espen
      It was really good to meet you and your family too…
      Lets keep in touch and plan a trip together sometime.
      Your German friend with the orange Land Rover “box” camped near us in Holmavik.
      Small world….
      Take care and have an excellent trip around Iceland.
      Cheers
      Neil 🙂

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