Day 8 – Overlanding Iceland

Good night’s sleep despite wind and rain. Leaving at 7am so alarm goes off at 5.15am!!

Jam packed day today and we start at Grjotagja where we stand either side of the tectonic plates and visit a beautiful thermal pool in a cave made famous in Game of Thrones.

Next stop is the Hverir geothermal area where we walk through a truly unique orangy-red landscape of fumaroles, large mud pools and steam vents. We have the place to ourselves as it’s so early in the morning.

We continue to the impressive Krafla caldera, a beautiful sight in a region of extreme geothermal activity where you can walk up to the crater rim and look down into the turquoise waters within the crater.

We return to the bus for a two hour drive to the north coast town of Husavik, located just south of the Artic Circle. Its billed as the best place in Iceland to go whale watching. However, the weather is so windy and the sea so rough that all whale watching trips are cancelled for the next 2 days 😢

So instead we spend an hour, exploring the town, a pretty fishing village that was the location for the Netflix film, Eurovision and humm the catchy tune ‘Ja Ja Ding Dong”

We drive to our campsite and get set up before a small group of us go up to the salt water Geothermal heated pools for an afternoon soak overlooking the North Atlantic. Its wild and the wind whips spray off the top of the waves up the cliffs and into the infinity pools. A swim up bar takes the edge of the 55 mph gusty winds.

We return to the campsite for a hearty soup and an early night in all our clothes. It’s freezing and raining but we’re warm and dry in our tent.

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