Iceland and Faeroe Islands - 1 July to 4 July 2014
We sailed away at about 11.45am from Hirtshals. The sun was shining but there was a gale-force wind up on the top deck at the front of the ship. There were 8 deck levels and we were on the 7th level. The ship carried 800 vehicles and capacity of 1482 people. It's not like the previous cruises we have been on as it is a pay-as-you-go or you pre pay for your meals - which we chose to do for lunch and dinner. There were a couple of bars on board as well as a large lounge/cafe. There were 4 or 5 choices for meals but you had to choose these before you board the ship if you wanted to pre pay. Fortunately we chose the right restaurants as the meals were pretty good.
There was a bit of a ocean swirl once we got into the ocean away from the 2 big land masses of Denmark & Norway but it wasn't too bad. We slept well the 1st night, being rocked to sleep by the motion of the ship. I woke at about 5.30am as the ship
was very still. We later found out that we were just south of the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland and so there was some wind protection.
The second day at sea, the gentle rocking continued but it was a little more cloudy and some rain (not that it affected us inside). We dropped some people off at the Faeroe Islands on the way past. We are stopping off there on the way back to Denmark.
After disembarking from Norröna at 9.30am, we drove from Seyðisfjörður to Egilsstaðir through thick fog. We made a short stop at the waterfalls along the way, including Gufufoss & Mulafoss. After a look around in Egilsstaðir, we did some food shopping and got some Icelandic Krone, we drove through Skriðdalur valley and over Breiðdalsheidi mountain pass, to Breiddalur valley.
We then drove along the east fjords, and make a stop on the way at the famous Petra Stone Museum at Stöðvarfjorour. Ms Petra had spent her entire life collecting mainly rocks of all sorts. She died in 1995 so it was good to see her collections were open to the general public (cost 100 IKR which is
Then we drove further over winding roads, enjoying lovely views. I kept on looking for trolls and hobbits because the landscape reminded me of the movies. In places, it could have been the agricultural terraces of Maccu Pictu in Peru.
We passed the tiny fishing village of Djúpivogur, from where the road continues to Höfn, a larger community and an important fisheries harbour. We decided to drive past Höfn and see it the next day as it was after 6.30pm. We stayed overnight, 30 west of Höfn, at Lambhus which was a farm which was set up for motor homes etc, with electricity, toilets and hot shower.
We bought a Icelandic Camping Card for 99 Euros where we only had to pay an additional 100 IKN per night and 800 IKN for power at the camp sites that had signed up to this program. We were told there was no wild camping allowed, but have already started to question this advice!!
As we sat in out motor home, we saw the Skalafellsökull glacier. Nearly all day, since arriving in Iceland, it had spotted with rain. In some places, the clouds were quite low....we are
in Iceland after all!!
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