More Sights in Iceland – The North, West, and the Golden Circle
This post is really a mishmash of my time in Iceland. I don’t have enough photos of each place I visited to do a post for each one. I decided to throw it all together in this post. The images in here consist of the Golden Circle tour, My visit north to Akureyri and Dalvik, and a couple from my drive west.
A continuation to my blog post about the highlights of my road trip along the South Shore. After completing my volunteer work project at the Westman Island Festival I rented a car and headed north to Akureyri.
Akureyri is in the far north of Iceland. A place I would never thought to go except I have a friend who lives there. I rented a car and drove north. I didn’t want to get an Airbnb because even those are expensive in Iceland. Instead I drove around till I found a camping ground. Only 1500 Kroner (~$15 USD) for the night!
Dalvik Fish Festival
What happens in the north? Well a lot of fishing goes on. Also agriculture. The drive north is notable for the amount of farms I passed. On the south shore the land is all rocky and rough, not much soil at all. The south is where the volcanos and geysers are located.
In another of my blog posts I write a lot about how expensive everything is in Iceland. Well the Dalvik Fish Festival is free! All the fish you can eat! Processed and breaded, raw, dried, fried, you name it, its there. Also Included with the free fish is all the Coke you can drink!
The festival only lasts for one day, but the attendance is huge! I heard it has the highest turnout of any of the festivals in Iceland. At the end of the night everyone gathers in front of the stage for another concert/singalong. I’m sure it would be much more interesting if I spoke the Icelandic.
With this post i’m including the Golden Circle tour photos. This is the basic tour that everyone who is in town for at least a day does. Either this or the Blue Lagoon. Anyway, there are a lot of super cool things to see right around Reykjavik. On a 4 hour bus tour its possible to see several waterfalls, geysers, and horses, as well as an actual geological fault line.
These horses are everywhere I went in Iceland. Icelandic horses have a super cool origin story. They were first brought to Iceland over a thousand years ago, and specially bred to deal with the harsh living environment of Iceland. If they ever leave Iceland for any reason they are not allowed back for fear of the horse infecting the others with foreign diseases. The government of Iceland protects these horses and does not let them breed with other lines of horse. They are all so friendly and curious. Or maybe just hungry. They seem to enjoy the attention of tourists more than the human residents.
Geyser and Waterfalls
The Golden Circle tour consists of a few sights. Geysers, waterfalls, and a fault line among things. To me the tour felt rushed. I would like to be able to visit these locations after hours to try and get some more dramatic images. But the tour must continue so I only took snap shots.
The tour took place at the start of my second volunteer program in Iceland. This program involved working at the Westman Island Music Festival. Basically I picked up garbage. It was kind of a crappy volunteer program. However I got to meet and live with a bunch of cool people so that made the experience worth it.
The following gallery is some random photos showing my volunteer program people along with random shots along the way.
Note to self. Take more notes when shooting. Half the photos I can’t remember exactly where, or what the circumstances are.
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