Ísafjörður to Snæfellsness

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.

It had cleared up for the moment in this picture. This is just a farmhouse we passed by that looked like a cool shot. Looks like it might be a dairy farm.

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.

Luckily, after we got through the tunnel that connects Ísafjörður with other local towns on the other side of the moment it cleared up a lot. The tunnel was about 6 km long.

The weather was still pretty white and foggy for a couple of hours.

This picture reminded me of my time in China in the Three Gorges. It looks like there is a coal shoot that comes down (I have no idea what it really is in this picture).

More waterfalls but this one is wide and cool in the snow.

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.

More pictures as we travel in and out of fjords.

Here’s a shot of Xan standing next to all the packed winter snow. All of this should melt by the end of summer.

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.

And some meandering streams to add to our geological studies.

Cool, sharp, rocks protruding out of the mountain.

They do have sandy beaches. 🙂 By this time, we are coming to the farthest western point on the island. Not there yet, but getting closer.

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.

It’s a drop off. Like, a real long drop off. So, we were all very cautious with getting close to the edge.

To show you the drop off, Xan and I went further up and along the cliffs. If you look closely, you can see Keith standing with Beth off to his right close to the edge.

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. 😦

But they were AWESOME cliffs!

It was a lot colder along the coastline.

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!


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