I woke up around 10ish, Tim and Dieter the same time but they went to sleep long after me…deciding to hang around the glacier park till the wee hours of the morning. We made a final daylight walk deeper into the park and took more great pictures…Iceland is photogenic like that. I decided to bring along my hummus, lettuce and tomato sandwich (the joys of being vegetarian) for breakfast at the glaciers. Dieter found a loose piece of ice floating close to shore that was a nice prop for photos, and after admiring the uniqueness of our surroundings one last time we left for Egilsstadir in the east.
I imagine many road trips have at least one day of mostly driving, and this was that day for us. Luckily I brought my portable speaker with me, so we had some music for the road…Iceland radio stations are generally awful. We saw more sheep, but we also saw reindeer…never before have I seen these beautiful animals in the wild.
We finally made it to Hofn, the next inhabited town, and stopped at a campsite to clean out the chemical toilet. I won’t go into the gory details on the cleaning, but we decided after this to use the toilet for emergencies only. We also learned that couscous does a poor job of soaking up urine. I was excited to see a shower here, and rushed in for a quickie, only to be frustrated when it didn’t work…looks like I’d be dirty for a while longer.
We took a break in a nearby town, hoping to grab a boat to an island known for puffins, one of the cute, indigenous birds here. Unfortunately we missed the last boat by an hour, but luckily found a nice cafe nearby where the inside had a rich aroma of cinnamon, and where I had a much needed hot chocolate on a chilly day.
We finally made it to Egilsstadir in the early evening, and found a wonderful campsite to spend the night. Campsites in Iceland cost around ten euros per person, but the amenities are worth it. This one had laundry facilities (where many of the red wine stains washed out of Tim’s clothes), a very friendly employee who helped us with all our travel plans for the next two days, power to charge the electronics, and most importantly a shower with high water pressure where I spent a long time washing off the stank I’d compiled over the first few days.
We used the time on this driving day wisely, as we researched the map and loosely planned the rest of the trip. We didn’t see the puffins today, but that was first on our list for the morning