Day four started late, as we managed to sleep until 9 despite the bright sun.
After converting the van to driving conditions
we are some cereal with almond milk and hit the road for Krafla, a volcano east of Dettifoss. It’s still active and the home to some glorious hiking along lava fields and to one of Iceland’s largest geothermal sites.
Krafla was, like everything else, spectacular. Viti, a crater from an eruption hundreds of years ago, is huge, and the hike through the lava fields was hard to describe — it’s what I think the moon might look like. Other than getting stuck behind a couple slow movers from France, it was a great experience.
We got back on the Ring Road and planned to make a stop at Lake Myvatn, but it was not that impressive and this is the prime time for midges (annoying flies), which is what Myvatn literally means.
We continued on to Akureyri, making a stop along Ring Road at Godafoss, yet another powerful waterfall. People are allowed right up to the edge!
Akureyri is a cool town. Despite only having 18,000 people, it has a city vibe to it with music, art, and culture. It sits along the largest fjord in Iceland and in the valley of some mountains, which are ski areas come winter.
Our first stop was the city pool, and we spent time in the hotpots and the Olympic pool. We then had delicious caramel cake and chai/Swiss mocha at the Blaa Kannan followed by a late lunch/early dinner at Akureyri Fish. Dayna had the fish soup (good but not as good as yesterday’s at Alfa Kaffi) and I had a fish burger. We did a little geocaching and walked around the city and the northernmost botanical garden in the world before hitting the N1 for gas.
Tuesday will feature a quick drive of a small portion of the West Fjords before heading to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.