On our way down to Reykjavík today we took a detour into Eiríksstaðir, a Viking longhouse.
Google maps wanted to take us through Highway 586. However, checking the highway map we discovered that (a) it was gravel and (b) it was listed as “not passable”. I’m not sure if that meant only for our motorhome style of vehicle or all vehicles, but we decided not to take that route. Instead, we went south almost to Bifröst and turned up highway 60. This turned into a beautiful drive through the mountains.
We did have about 6 km of gravel after the turn, but the trip was definitely worth it – in more ways than one.
We learned about the Viking Settlements here in Iceland and their longhouses and various weapons.
There was a display of the Viking game Hnefatafl (and a rune that spelled it out too).
Trey was able to practice HEMA (Historical European Marshal Arts) as one of our guides was also a practice of the arts.
On the way back, we saw sheep on the road and more beautiful scenery.