Today, the program is rather loose. Breakfast in the room with the super market supplies and then drove to the city for a walk. There was a festival going on, celebrating the 150 years of the city of Akureyri. There were kindergarten kids everywhere, all dressed in yellow reflective jackets, quite a spectacle.

We left the car in a parking area where there was a sign to inform us that we could get the required paper-clock – that marks the arrival time – at the local bank. In the bank they explained us that it does not cost anything and you just have to place it on the windshield, but it is only good for one hour. Weird system but we appreciated the free parking. And it was not the only free one. In the bank they served free coffee. Yes, absolutely free, you enter get over the coffee counter, fill your cup and leave 馃檪

Akureyri Cafe
Akureyri Cafe
School walk in Akureyri
School walk in Akureyri
Kindergarten kids in Akureyri
Kindergarten kids in Akureyri

We drove back to聽M媒vatn and continued to Dettifoss, through snow capped lava fields.

Snow capped lava field in August

Snow capped lava field in August

Detifoss is allegedly the most powerful waterfall in Europe, 100m wide and 45m high. The rough waters fall with tremendous power that take your breath away and the water spray is visible from 1km away! It was very cold – it snowed the night before – but I managed to descend until the end to admire the view and take some pictures.

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Dettifoss

On the way back we walked close to the Selfoss waterfall (just 10 min away), smaller but also impressive.

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Sellfoss, the waterfall next to Dettifoss

We took 862 north – all dirt – to Asbyrgi through the 聽J枚kuls谩rglj煤fur canyon and in about 10km we stop at聽Hlj贸冒aklettar – it means echoing rocks. Basaltic rocks, 30-40m high erect from the river and the banks, their surfaces made of smooth black pentagons. Totally alien.

Hlj贸冒aklettar
Hlj贸冒aklettar
Alien rocks at Hlj贸冒aklettar
Alien rocks at Hlj贸冒aklettar

We did not stay for long because it was raining and the girls stayed back in the car and we continued to Husavik. Beautiful drive, among farms and herds of sheep and horses.

Icelandic Horse
Icelandic Horse
Close to Husavik
Horses grazing close to Husavik

We arrived before sunset, in the golden hour and spend some good time to take pictures in the port. Then we dined in the cozy Gamli Baukur bistro, right on the port. Very tasty fish soup and cod.

Faldur and Sylvia
Faldur and Sylvia
Husavik
Husavik
Whale watching boat, Husavik
Whale watching boat, Husavik
Husavik port
Husavik port
Gamli Baukur
Gamli Baukur
Sunset in Husavik
Sunset in Husavik

We checked in Fosshotel Husavik, a forgettable establishment with 70s aesthetics, except that I ll remember it forever as it is the place where I drank the most聽expensive alcoholic beverage in my life. It was already 11pm and the bar was closing and Vassilis and I wanted to smoke one before we went to sleep. We quickly ordered two double Lagavulin malts only to discover that the bartender charged us 鈧33 per glass! That is, thirty three euros to drink a glass of whiskey, out in the cold backyard of a basic hotel in a town with 2200 population. Only Iceland can offer you this experience. Next:聽Whales of the North

Dettifoss

Akureyri

Husavik