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Iceland Day 14, Asbyrgi, Dettifoss, and Myvatn

Iceland Day 14, Asbyrgi, Dettifoss, and Myvatn

The road from Asbyrgi to Dettifoss was... interesting. There are two parallel routes on either side of the river; the guidebooks and road signs gave us somewhat confusing recommendations. We decided to chance it with the road to the west, Route 862, half of which is wonderfully paved, and the other recently de-listed from the infamous F-road category. It was a bumpy hourlong drive through the usual gravel and a few dried up riverbeds, and as we neared Dettifoss the landscape became progressively stonier.

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Iceland Day 13, Akureyri and Myvatn

Iceland Day 13, Akureyri and Myvatn

Almost everyday we'd seen hitchhikers along the road, but because we were always simultaneously in a rush to get somewhere and pulling off the road every five kilometers to take pictures, we didn't deem ourselves suitable chauffeurs. Today, as we had no definite plans and it was too dreary for distractions, we picked up a solo traveler who was headed to Myvatn area as well.

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Iceland Day 11, Hofn-Eskifjordur

Iceland Day 11, Hofn-Eskifjordur

About an hour out of Hofn, the landscape once again shifted dramatically from rocky mountains to marshlands as we entered the Lón nature reserve area. Here we were in the midst of rounding another peninsula when we drove headlong into a dense, low fog. The light hovering just above the shallow lagoon was ethereal:

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Iceland Day 10, Vik-Hofn

Iceland Day 10, Vik-Hofn

Reynisfjara was one of the highlights of our last trip. Black sand, basalt columns: everything was un-beach-like about this strange and wondrous place. We arrived at low-tide this time, which exposed a much longer stretch of beach and some basalt caves that we hadn't been able to access before. Above us on the cliffs lived colonies of puffins, who in their squat-bodied, frantic flight out to the sea somehow expertly dodged our cameras.

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