Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eastward bound to the Sudurlands

Now starts the part of the trip where we drive as eastward as we can. It was a tad difficult to find much information about the current weather conditions/ability to do some of the classic hikes in this 'middle of the offseason + longest winter' period we were traveling in, but Magne from Icebike was a wealth of information in terms of where we definitely couldn't go a snow passes weren't open yet, and things worth seeing.
We headed southeast on "Ring Road" towards the Sudurland with a loose plan and some groceries, just in case...
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Back near the area of the Hot River from the previous day:
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Surfers at Porlakshofn:
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On the beach before the bridge to Eyrarbakki:
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One of the few factories we saw: (only industry is comprised of 2 Aluminum plants)
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Not a pony:
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Then we stumbled upon the giant tourist trap of the Great Geysir!
This geyser has been active for almost ten thousand years, with several instances of violent eruptions throughout the years. Some of the most incredible events throughout history have been a result of earthquakes in the area. The earliest written account dates back to the year 1294, and an eruption documented in 1630 rattled the surrounding valley. Before the early 1900s, the geyser erupted every sixty minutes, but an earthquake rendered it dormant. Another earthquake awakened the geyser again in June of 2000 but it has now again become dormant. Though the Great Geysir is the more famous of the two, you can enjoy Strokkur, which erupts every eight minutes.
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Back to the night life of Day 2 - Continue onto the Afternoon of Day 3

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