Day 2: Ísafjörður to Snæfellsness
It was snowing when we woke up in the morning. It wasn’t too bad of a snow at first.
And then we hit a white out. This is the side of the road towards the moment that shows all the layers of snow that have been hear through the winter. The other side of the road was worthless to to take a picture of because it was just white. Without our 4 wheel drive vehicle with spiked tires and Keith’s (Xan’s dad’s) awesome driving ability and experience, we probably would have turned back.
The waterfall is named Dynjandi and is the largest waterfall in the West Fjords.
We stopped to walk around and stretch our legs. It wasn’t really windy so while the temperature might have been close to zero, without the wind and rain it doesn’t feel too cold.
If anyone is wondering what a fjord is, it is this picture below. It is a water channel that was formed by glacial waters melting and eroding down the mountains. Usually, they are thin and finger-like.
More sandy coastline.
We made it to the farthest west point on Iceland! We think we were able to see a bit of Greenland but it was cloudy and hard to be for sure. Definitely no way to get it on camera so I took some awesome pictures of the cliffs instead.
The puffins have returned to Iceland but mating season doesn’t start until June so apparently they go out to sea all day hunting and don’t get back until evening. No puffins were found at the cliffs. 😦
Then, we took a ferry to the next city, Stykkhólmur on Snæfellsness (which is the peninsula). We were able to spot one puffin flying past us outside. We spent most of the time inside looking out the windows but we did make it up to the ‘sun’ deck to look around and try to spot whales or dolphins. I didn’t see any. Xan saw a tale of one.
And so ends day number 2. Stayed tuned for the last day of this particular trip, the Golden Circle, and the 2 days along the South Coast. I’m glad there is a Sunday before this last trip (the South Coast) because I am exhausted!