Mt. Hekla

Mount Hekla, one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, used to be referred to by the Vikings as “the gateway to hell”.

Because the weather forecast for the weekend was better Friday and Saturday last week, the weekend was shifted.  WF planned an overnight excursion to Vik and Skaftafell National Park, which is one of the areas I wanted to spend time once I rent a car and circle the island.  Needless to say, I opted out…no point in seeing the same thing twice (and for a split second I considered going on the excursion and then exploring a different area, but vetoed that idea quickly).

So, 4 from our house and 5 from the other did not go on the excursion.  Friday, was a leisurely, local day.  And then Netherlands (I’ll just refer to everyone by their country to make it easier for you to follow) suggested renting a car on Saturday and heading to the Mt. Hekla area to go for a hike.  Five us ended up renting a car (imagine Rent-a wreck….for real – not too pretty on the outside, but it did have a lot of pep); I drove.

And yet again, the landscape changed with every corner.

The roads were deserted once off the main highway and onto the gravel roads, saw maybe 1 car an hour.  At first I just thought the gravel was loose and the roads soft (when we walking in some areas, it’s like walking in mud…but the ground is dry), so had to slow right down.  We came across a river with a small waterfall on the other side of a small field, so made our first pit stop.  Well, the road wasn’t the problem…it was the wind!  Was almost blown away when we got out of the car.

Mid-afternoon, came upon a very large hotel in the middle of nowhere.  Had an eerie feeling to it…like in “The Shining”.  A young man appeared eventually, and gave us directions for a hike to a small canyon. So off we went over moss covered landscapes…and found the most incredibly deep blue water at the bottom of the narrow crevice.

Made it back to Reykjavik in time for a spectacular sunset (at 10:30pm).

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Really random thoughts:

Internet really hit and miss….leaning heavily on the miss side.

Waking up at 2am and being able to read a book without turning the lights on is odd…it is perpetually dusk….

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~ by betweenthelatitudes on May 14, 2011.

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