Icelandic July.  Day seven: port city, basalt waterfall and mountain passes

Icelandic July. Day seven: port city, basalt waterfall and mountain passes

December 1, 2021 0 By TravelAdvisor

Icelandic July. Organizational and household post
Icelandic July. Day one: the bridge between continents, the oldest lighthouse and wingless auk
Icelandic July. Day two: Blue Lagoon, geothermal zone, capital and home of Icelandic parliamentarianism
Icelandic July. Day three: waterfall, geysers and thermal spring
Icelandic July. Day four: waterfalls, pool, ash-covered glacier, lighthouse and black beaches
Icelandic July. Day five: black beach, lava fields and canyon
Icelandic July. Day six: glacial valley and seals

Icelandic architecture is dominated by the “barn-barrack” style: most of the cities we saw (except for Reykjavik, of course) look like a collection of temporary huts and storage facilities. They seem so flimsy that every time I am surprised that the houses are not blown into the ocean by the wind.

Seydisfjordur Is a pleasant exception. At the end of the XIX century. Norwegian fishermen lived here, leaving behind normal buildings))

It is located among snow-capped mountain peaks and waterfalls on the shore of a fjord, from the waters of which local boys pull out huge fish.

Seydisfjordur

Ferries from neighboring countries come here, so cafes and shops are open until late.

Seydisfjordur

And there is also a river flowing on which the first hydroelectric power plant was built, thanks to which the first electricity in the country appeared in the city. The first telephone lines in Iceland were also laid here.All in all, a great place!

Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur

The afternoon was devoted to a leisurely climb to Hengifoss waterfall – the third highest in Iceland

Hengifoss waterfall

In the process, she developed her own climbing style, which immediately gained followers: back forward))

Hengifoss waterfall

It is surrounded by basalt rocks, between which there are thin layers of red clay. Among the rocks can be found fossilized coniferous trunks, resistant to cold, and lignite, reflecting the warm climatic period during the last years of the Tertiary period. Downstream is Litlanesfoss waterfallfamous for its volcanic columns ” [https://ru.wikipedia.org/]

Litlanesfoss waterfall

Part of the walking route was closed to preserve vegetation. Now in Russia I sometimes catch myself trying not to step on the grass))))

In the evening we got to the camping through a pass with alien landscapes, accessible only for four-wheel drive vehicles.

Camping, located on the bank of a small river, this time I want to pay special attention. It is called Möðrudalur – FjalladýrðThis is a fairly large complex with a cafe,

camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð

“Shaggy” houses

camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð
camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð

and even a helipad.

camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð

But I especially liked the kitchen. These buildings, dug into the ground, will not be carried away by the local winds))

camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð

camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð

camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð

It would have been great to hide from the bad weather, but it was dry and calm, so I watched the traditional evening TV series with tea on the terrace of the cafe in the company of … a goat.

camping Möðrudalur - Fjalladýrð

#sunsets are a lot

Icelandic July. Day eight: waterfall, crater lake, geothermal field and troll’s den
Icelandic July. Days nine and ten: whales, waterfall, mammoth rock and houses from the ground
Icelandic July. Day eleven: rusty pieces of iron, absolute west and dead ends
Icelandic July. Day Twelve: Cinematic Mountains and Seal Show