Day 18: on the road again – Vesturland

This post, and the one that follows, are mostly about eye candy.

The day did not appear terribly promising when it began: the morning was a bit overcast.  But the Icelandic weather service was predicting the clouds would break by the afternoon, particularly in Vesturland, the western region of the country.  Since there are still a few days before the start of classes, I decided to explore a bit:  in particular, I wanted to see the Hraunfossar waterfalls (which I’d never seen before), and to revisit the black church, Búðakirkja, on the western Snæfellsnes peninsula.  This is the route I planned:

Total distance = about 500 km, or one tank of gas
Total distance = about 500 km, or one tank of gas

As I said, though, this post is mainly about eye candy, so let’s get started with a brief stop just outside Reykjavik.

Just because it's overcast doesn't mean it can't be pretty
Just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty

And then to Borgarnes, the center point of the giant “Y”-shaped route I’d planned.  Here’s the town seen from the hills looking across Borgarfjörður:

Borgarnes

As promised, the clouds began to break shortly afterward:

Countryside near Borgarnes
Countryside near Borgarnes
Basalt cliffs
Basalt cliffs.  I won’t tell you how breathtaking this is in person, because I’m still trying to catch my breath

It was a remarkably easy drive through some very pretty farmland.

Well, yes, it's a volcano, why do you ask?
Well, yes, it’s a volcano in the back yard.  It gives the place a warm and cozy feel

While taking the picture above, I had my first-ever encounter with an electrified fence, brushing up against the wire while balancing my camera on the fencepost.  It didn’t bite hard, but it got my attention.

After a drive through the village of Reykholt, I came to this small church, with an edge of the Langjökull (“long-glacier”) visible behind it.  At over 900 square kilometers, Langjökull is the second-largest in Iceland.

Just beyond was Hraunfossar (“lava-falls”).  These waterfalls — nearly a kilometer in length — flow from beneath the Hallamundurhraun lava field, emerging through fractured and porous rock to pour into the Hvítá river.

It's nearly impossible to capture the full length of the falls in a single frame, but I gave it a shot
It’s nearly impossible to capture the full length of the falls in a single frame, but I gave it a shot
The water doesn't flow over the rocks -- it flows out of them
The water doesn’t pour over the rocks — it flows out of them

Afterward, it was back through Borgarnes and north and west to the Snæfellnes peninsula … and the second post in this series.  🙂

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