Day 3: Going Off-Road, Middle-Earth, Brekka & The Northern Lights

If you ever have had severe troubles getting out of bed in the morning after a hard day’s work, try to imagine how we felt waking up the morning after our 4 hour walk on Svínafellsjökull. I’ll tell you: like a trainwreck! 

Sore muscles everywhere, so we decided to take it a bit slower today. Our next sleepover-stop was Egilsstaðir, which was only 185km’s away, so we had all the time in the world to go and explore the territory between Höfn and Egilsstaðir. Let’s go!

Going off-road

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We took off around 8 o’clock, and were immediately starstruck about how the landscape was changing when we were driving our first kilometres of the day. Glacier-mountains made way for breathtaking Fjords.

After a quick pit-stop in Breiðdalsvík – where we ate lunch on a picknick table with this view, as you see here above .. oh my – we decided to leave the Ring Road for a while, and drive up the ‘966’-gravel road. A minor detour that starts and ends on the main road. It’ll get you there, but it takes a little while longer. This road is well know amongst Iceland-roatrippers for it’s beautiful scenery along the way. We couldn’t agree more .. Just check this out ..

It was around three when we arrived at Egilsstaðir. Too late to drive up all the way to Litlanesfoss, but too early to check in at our guesthouse and call it a day. Our travel guide pointed ‘Brekka’ out as an eventual excursion, and after reading ‘looks like Middle-Earth’, we took off immediately.

Brekka

Although our ‘Trotter’-description of Brekka was quite short, it was totally worth the detour. Brekka – a town where only a couple of fisherman-families live – lies at the far end of a beautiful fjord. It’s takes you about one hour to reach it from Egilsstaðir, but nature treats you well along the way:

I did say Middle-Earth, didn’t I? And, in case you were wondering, Brekka lies at the far end of the Fjord you see below. What a view..

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The Northern Lights

In my previous ‘Ring Road’ post, I mentioned out first glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. We were quite dissappointed not seeing it in it’s full glory, so we were determined to try it again during our trip. The odds were in our favour, because the Aurora Forecast pointed out a very high activitiy of the lights that night.

Around 23 o’clock, this happened ..

OH. MY. GOD .. Absolutely starstruck, we sat in the backyard of our guesthouse. Staring at this wonderful gift of nature, untill we almost fell asleep in our lounge chair in the freezing cold. What a way to end your day ..

More info about our room-for-the-night:

  • Adress: Tjarnarbraut, Egilsstaðir
  • Price per night: 65 euro (tip: pay with card in ISK) and booked via Booking.com
  • Accommodations: Free wifi, shared refrigerator and kitchen & small living space, two bathrooms with shower and toilet, free parking. Two single beds. Served breakfast is optional, but basic.

Extra tip:
Head for the public swimming pool in Egilsstaðir. It has three hot tubs, a sauna, two heated swimming pools and a slide! We went there after our Brekka-trip to defrost, and highly reccomend it! Costs around 900 ISK (around 7 euros) for an adult

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