- Jökulsárlón -> Hofn
- Ring road east bound
- Hofn -> Egilsstadir
- East bound until highway 939 (only 1 exit option)
- Drive till the road ends, brings you back on Highway 1, head towards Egilsstadir
- this road demands your respect, i personally say 4WD only
And we’re here at day 4! Though not mentioned in the title, we actually woke up extra early to head back to Jökulsárlón and just chill around the “beach” area. It’s got black sand (of course) and just random pieces of ice sitting around.
This day was a little interesting because we had to reschedule a bit. If you read my last blog post, you’ll know that due to the weather, we didn’t go to LANDMANNALAUGAR. Our original plan was to stay in Hofn, (small fishing town), but since we moved a day forward, we decided to drive to the next main city instead, which is Egilsstadir. So I had to:
- Cancel my hotel at Hofn (I booked it through booking.com and they do free cancellation up to 6:00pm that day)
- Find a hotel in Egilsstadir (super easy to do via booking.com)
- Update our route a little bit (super easy to do via google maps)
And we’re off again! So if you read my planning post, I mentioned that some things simply aren’t open during the winter. The town of Hofn is a great example. It’s really small (the size of like eaton center at best), and it’s got maybe 4 restaurants. 2 of them are simply closed during the winter. You’ll probably find a sign like this.
Luckily, we did find another restaurant open (easy to find since it’s the only one with cars there), and I was fortunate enough to try the towns featured product, langoustine! For those of you who don’t know that is, it’s basically shrimp’s older brother and lobster’s younger brother. The texture is closer to that of lobster, but I would say it’s tastier (of course that could just be the way its prepared).
So now we’re off to Egilsstaðir! This drive although can be made on ring road, but it requires a massive detour to the east side of the island. Otherwise the most optimal route is via Highway 939. Total drive time is maybe 2.5 hrs vs ring road which is something like 4 hours. Now here is the thing, Highway 939 is (literally) up a mountain (no, not a hill, a mountain). It offers some of the most amazing views / driving experience that anyone can dream of that isn’t on a race track. However, if you aren’t driving a 4WD SUV type of vehicle, it can get pretty scary. Now with that said, halfway through the route, someone (who i’m pretty sure is a local), dodged all the holes and zoomed past me in a civic so.. maybe i’m just a shitty driver. Back to the topic, the roads are extremely narrow and crazily windy. If you’re too close to the curb, you can fall off and just die. (But I made it so it’s not that bad!) We had to take a picture at the 1 stopping point to celebrate our survival.
And so.. we made it to Egilsstaðir! This city is known for being the home of the Lagarfljot Worm (which is basically like the Loch Ness Monster of Iceland, or as I’d to say, Nessie’s Little Brother). We immediately checked into our new hotel and went to the bar a drink for their happy hour (half off). We were really tired, i’m not sure if you can tell.
Okay so it’s that time for that part of the post, dinner! We went to the hotel across the street for dinner simply because it looked fancier. And I was delighted to see, there was an option for more langoustine!
This night also marks the first time we tried to chase the Northern Lights . I’ll have a completely blog post about this (geared towards photographers), so stay tuned for that!
- Name: Icelandair Hotel (booked last second via Booking.com)
- Cost: 113.40 euros
- Review: Really nice, modern place. A little pricey, but I can’t really complain. Bar is really nice too.
That’s it for today! We did go to the river to look for our friendly worm monster but it didn’t show up (thank god) We were also really tired, so no pictures either 🙁 Till next time!