Day 11: Blönduós – Hólmavík

Day 11: Blönduós – Hólmavík

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We were so glad to have rented a small hytte at Glaðheimar campsite, in Blönduós for the night, as the weather last night was the worst since we arrived in Iceland – strong very cold winds & rain, with a temperature of ca.3°C.

Glaðheimar campsite hytte

At least we had the opportunity to not only sleep in beds and not in a cramped tent, but also to get clean, dry-out, fix and re-waterproof a lot or our equipment, ready for use over the next days ahead.

The day began slowly, as we needed to repack a lot of our equipment, before we started.

Hvítserkur Lava Sea Stack

We then drove Highway 1 westwards for a while, before taking local roads to Hvítserkur, the famous whitened 3 legged lava sea sack.
however, the wind was so strong and cold, that we didn’t spent much time there, other than take photographs.

Húnaffjörður

 

Iceland Seal Centre Logo

We then drove on to Hvammstangi, to visit the Icelandic Seal Centre, which was a very interesting small museum.

Iceland Seal Centre, Hvammstangi

Inside Icelandic Seal Centre

From there, we continued to drove Highway 1 westwards, along the eastern side of Hrútafjörður to Brú, before taking Road 61 north, along the western side of Hrútafjörður to Hólmavík.

 

Neil Driving Expedition Vehicle 2

While some of us drove, others took the time to take a snooze in the cars.

Tuva Sleeping in Back Seat of Exploration Vehicle 2

Here we see Tuva, wearing a newly knitted jumper by Anja, catching a quick sleep, with her 66°North hat over her eyes.

 

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Logo

In Hólmavík, we first visited the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, where Anja felt quite at home…

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft

Due to the very strong and bitter cold winds, with frequent showers and rain all day, we decided to rent an apartment for the night at Steinhúsið, next to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft and town harbour.

Steinhúsið, Hólmavík

Hólmavík Harbour

Due to the very wet and windy conditions all day, the Expedition Vehicles acquired an additional thick layer of dirt, to really make them look exactly as expected from an exploration vehicle – cool & dirty.

 

 

Dirty Back of Exploration Vehicle 2

Dirty Expedition Vehicle 1

Note how “clean” the Expedition Vehicles appear in the photo at the top of this page at the begin of the day.

What a difference a day makes on Icelandic Roads…

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