2 weeks ago
Thursday, July 20, 2006
We traveled by car around the entire country of Iceland on the outer highway known loosely as "The Ring Road". The interior of Iceland is uninhabitable, being wildly broken with barren rock-strewn volcanic fields, amazing craggy lava mountains and covered with glaciers. The thick turf is eroding in some places up in the highlands, where the sheep graze on impossibly steep hillfalls, picking their way with surefooted ease down cascading waterfalls and giant basaltic cliffs.
But out along the northern fjords, the scenery is lush. There are many farms along the coast, and the views are stunning out to sea. This photo is looking across the fjord to the outer finger penninsula of snow capped mountains near Akureyri, Capital of North Iceland. Akureyri is the largest town in northern Iceland, situated in Eyjafjörður fjord. The picture was taken at about 1 a.m. after the short-lived sunset - it never grew darker than this. After stopping earlier on at a little cafe/Esso station/grocery store and enjoying a lovely meal of Iceland cod and potatoes, we continued down the coast and pitched our tent that "night" in Akureyri just outside of town. Pure bliss.