Iceland: East, Part I
After a long night of driving and a morning that included our first shower in days, we headed from Egilsstaðir to Seydisfjordur.
We drove along windy roads, gripping the steering wheel as the van swayed from the harsh winds. After driving down what Sam and I like to call "The Walter Mitty Road," we came upon the quirkiest little artistic town. Right in front of the Seydisfjordur Church was the famous rainbow road. I didn't actually realize that's where we were going until we arrived and my eyes were greeted with its colored path. (eep!)
The rest of the day led us through the Eastfjords. It was mainly a driving day, but some of the views that we came across were more beautiful than even some of our planned stops. While searching for sights on our list, we came across this hidden mountain pass in unknown territory. We still have no idea where we were.
How we ended up here was an adventure in itself. Our initial plan was to get to a waterfall at the end of this road. Little did we know how long and treacherous this road would be, how rapid the weather would change, and how our little van wasn't going to make this expedition. We kept driving until we came upon views that took our breath away. We never made it to the waterfall we had initially hoped to see - a local woman drove up to us in a decked out 4x4 and told us we'd better turn around; not even her car could handle the conditions ahead of us. We looked at each other, turned around and headed back to the main road without hesitation.
This was by far the windiest day of the trip. We hadn't purchased the insurance the covers the door ripping off, so we only left the van for pictures that we couldn't get from inside.
The next day continues in the East, and was easily one of our most anticipated days. We camped in Höfn and rested up for a full day ahead.