The post for our travels May 22 is divided into three parts – that’s partly because we travelled two days in one (see the Hvammstangi for more information on why). So for this post, the sites you will see relate to the east part of the route on the map below.
The first part of the trip we saw lots of waterfalls and some beautiful mountain tops. Though the highest elevation we reached was 465 m.
After that we reached a plateau. It sort of felt like the interior plateau in BC except that it seemed to last longer.
You will notice by the pictures that there are not a lot of settlements around – and certainly no towns.
We were flagged down by a German tourist.
As an aside, did you know that you can get a ferry from Denmark to the Faroe Islands and then to Iceland for less than $600 CAD. That’s pretty cheap and would certainly be cheaper than renting a motorhome here.
Okay, back to the story. This German tourist flagged us down to ask if we had any petrol as she had run out. We did not. We told her she would need to go about 50-75 km back in the direction that we came from. We asked her how close she was to the last petrol station and she estimated 100 km. She did have luck on her side in that she had run out of diesel right at a pull out, so we offered to push her out of the roadway to the side. She jumped into her van. We pushed, it did not go anywhere – she was looking for her keys to take it out of gear. We pushed, it did not go anywhere – she had forgotten to take the brake off. We pushed – we yelled at her to turn the wheel toward the pull out, then we yelled at her to turn the wheel to straighten, then we yelled at her to apply the brake before she went off the edge. We left her there looking for a ride back the way we came so that she could find some petrol.
The remainder of the trip to Mývatn was not nearly as exciting, but did include more beautiful scenery. The rock cairns were the forerunner to GPS – they acted as beacons for people travelling in Iceland.