Tuesday, August 16: After we finish our hike, we get into our car for the long haul to Akureyri. Unless we see enticing hikes along the way, we don’t plan to stop, except to take pictures. Our first stop is on a bridge over a river where we see a couple of horseback riders in the middle of nowhere.
When we see these sheep close to the roadside, we have to stop to take a picture of the horned fella scratching his back on the bottom of the sign.
A field of yellow flowers with a barn on a hill also entices.
Sometimes it’s the sky over a grand sweeping landscape that beckons.
A mountain bathed in sunlight with sheep in the forefront seems unspoiled and pastoral.
Luckily, we’re seeing a lot more blue sky than we have so far in Iceland.
Some of the farms seem to be huge operations.
We pull off at a spot below where a bridge crosses a river; here we find a woman out salmon fishing. Later, we hear that Eric Clapton likes to go salmon fishing in Iceland. An article in Ice News, published on August 6 of this year, tells of how Clapton nailed one of the biggest salmon so far this summer, at 28 pounds. You can read an article about it here: New York Daily News: Eric Clapton catches giant salmon, breaks local record in Iceland.
a fishing spot
While we’re at this spot, someone drives up in a car, and, voila!, it’s Wang Wang and her mother, who we last saw this morning at Freyja Guesthouse in Reykjavik. What are the chances that, having left at different times, we would meet again at this minor pull-off?
Of course in typical Chinese fashion, we take pictures of each other and then do a selfie. 🙂
By the time we leave, the fisher woman is thigh high in the river. She doesn’t seem to have caught anything by the time we leave.
We continue on our way, making a couple of stops for more scenic views.
I adore this little church, which almost looks like someone’s private church, all lit up as if from the heavens.
Finally, we come in our journey to the narrow 30km long scenic valley known as Öxnadalur on the Ring Road between Varmahlíð and Akureyri.
At one spot, we find glimmering intertwined ribbons of water flowing over a rocky terrain.
We pass multitudes of waterfalls falling from the rock faces in the gorgeous valley.
At long last we are approaching Akureyri. We stop for this magnificent vista right before the road heading north to Dalvik. Finally, we have blue skies!
We leave our little paradise viewpoint and continue our drive through Akureyri, in route to our hotel, Lamb Inn Öngulsstadir; it is 6.2 miles south of the town. Before we head out of the town, Mike searches in vain for a Vinbudin, the state-run liquor store (the only place to buy booze aside from the Duty-Free, bars, and restaurants). There are 48 Vinbudin locations across Iceland and they all seem to close between 4:00-6:00. We usually arrive too late to find one open, and tonight is no exception. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to buy wine with dinner later in Akureyri. Buying alcohol in a restaurant or bar is never an economical choice in Iceland. That won’t stop us though. 🙂