Much like every other morning I awoke refreshed and set to packing my car so I could set out on my adventure. Today my plan was to make it to Höfn and spend the night there in the hostel. I’d heard that there was a wonderful Icelandic restaurant there where I could sample some Icelandic lobster and given my normal penchant for amazing food, I was eager to sample their version. The hotel offered a breakfast along with the room charge, so I headed over to the restaurant hungry and ready to begin my day. Imagine my surprise when I entered a room with white table clothes, flowers, and candles on the table. Breakfast was lovely and I have to say that given the chance I will definitely take the opportunity to enjoy a candlelit breakfast again.
After breakfast I headed back up the mountains from whence I’d came the day before, ever finding new and breathtaking sights on which to feast my eyes. At one point I saw a sign for a waterfall, so I turned off to take a morning hike. The next two hours were spent walking and taking numerous pictures, exploring my camera and my eye, trying to capture the beauty that was encompassing my soul. I was utterly content and happy, my strides were confident and sure, I played with the settings on my camera happily, not worried about catching “perfection” but wanting to show my vision of Iceland on that hike. I’ll let the pictures tell the story of those hours…
My hike done I continued on my journey, driving through the beautiful East Fjords of Iceland full of mountains, waterfalls and picturesque towns. Again, if you go to Iceland, don’t stop only at the gorgeous places around the capital, explore, reach, and run. Experience what Iceland has to offer. It will open places in your soul you didn’t know existed.
My path continued to a tunnel through the mountains. You probably all realize how I feel about tunnels by now, they really aren’t my thing. All that weight crushing down on top of you, the feel almost tangibly smothering, but of course, like so many other “trials” I made it through to the other side and was once again struck anew at the vistas spread before me.
I don’t even know what else to tell you about that day without going into monotonous detail about the vistas spread before me. My lunch was taken overlooking the ocean, surrounded by silence yet again, reveling in the still of nature, reluctant to even let the sound of a pen scratching across my pad destroy the perfection. My thoughts regularly ran along the lines of, “This has to stop at some point. There is just no freaking way a place can be this incredible.” But it was and it didn’t. Iceland seemed to be making all my desires come true, before the end of the day I saw reindeer, glaciers, mountains, crashing waves, isolated waterfalls, and utter still. A more perfect day I couldn’t imagine. The “Lord of the Rings” fans amongst us should know that Middle Earth exists and it’s in Iceland.
When I finally pulled into Höfn I was filled with confidence. The restaurant I had wanted to go to was closed for the evening and so was the second place I found, but after some searching I found an open place and enjoyed an absolutely delectable dinner. The hostel was comfortable, although a bit musty, and after my full day, I fell asleep moments after lying down to dream about the magical land in which I had traveled for the last nine days. Iceland had become a part of me.
Thank you for reading! I put the rest of the pictures in the Iceland Day 9 Flickr album.