Hello again! Here is another chapter of my adventures in Iceland. I hope you are ready for more adventures. I must say that so far, Iceland has many incredible things that will definitely impress you. I will be sharing with you all the details of my fifth day of travel, which I have to admit, it was pretty laid back. After having a lot of adventures so far, I wanted to take things a bit slowly for the rest of the day.
Firstly, I woke up around 9 am at my hotel in Nýpugarðar
, which was very nice by the way. I was feeling so rested after that perfect good night sleep in the middle of nowhere. The staff was really nice, they offered a traditional Icelandic breakfast that included ham, cheese, celery, and milk. What a great way to start the day, right? After getting my things packed, I was ready to begin driving north. I decided to take the opportunity to enjoy the incredible views along the way. The route to Fáskrúðsfjörður
took me through the iconic Eastfjords
, a land that welcomes you with stunning hills, green villages, and an extensive coastline. This region is often missed out
by tourist, but I can assure you, it is totally worth the drive.
Take a look at today’s itinerary:
• Leaving hotel in Nýpugarða
• Stop at Fáskrúðsfjörður
• Horseback riding near Neskaupstaður
• Staying in Eskifjörður
This unique region will bring us back to the time when Norwegian fishermen arrived in Iceland in the quest to expand their horizons. They also established a Herring fishing tradition here, so an extensive cuisine is present. There are small villages along this scenic route where you could grab a bite. Don't forget to try local dishes while exploring the area. I have decided to make a quick stop at Fáskrúðsfjörður
since it knows for having the largest puffin shelter. These small furry friends have very distinctive body features, which often change to adapt to each season or location. You may also spot some gannets diving for fish on the sea. If you are a true fan of birds, this stop should not be missed. Since we are talking about animals, let me tell you that it is not unusual to see some species roaming free. In fact, sheep are usually getting in the way of vehicles on the road. If you are
lucky, reindeers could be spotted from a close distance. Please avoid feeding or touching wild animals to help to keep the local fauna safe.
After a great time in Fáskrúðsfjörður
, it was time to resume my trip. I had booked a horseback riding tour near Neskaupstaður
. I decided to take this route since it allows you to explore remote small and exotic towns. Also because you could enjoy several unique views of the fjords as you continue heading north. The Eastfjords
are also known as the home to the biggest forest, this woodland is called Hallormsstaðaskógur
. You may also want to go there afterward since it is very closeby. As we continue to drive our way to Neskaupstaður
, you will probably see some boats at the shore. These belong to the families that continue the fishing traditions from the old days. You could enjoy a picnic in the botanic park in town or maybe try to visit the pier to polish your fishing skills.
Since I was running a bit late, I decided to grab a quick bite on my way to fill up the car with gas. There are some shops in town if you need to buy something for your trip. Take into account that most of the petrol stations in Iceland are self-service. Only a few of them are manned, so it is best to bring your credit card with you. Even the most remote towns in the island offer petrol stations, so you there is nothing to worry about.
Luckily for me this time, the weather was pretty nice that day. There were only a few clouds in the sky for most of the day. It was the perfect landscape to enjoy a nice horseback riding tour in this location. I have arrived in Skorrastað
where I had to meet with a local company called Skorrahestar
. They are located very close to Neskaupstaður
so you will not miss them. It was my second time riding a horse, so I was a bit nervous at first. However, the staff was very friendly to us visitors, they show you around the site first. I even got to meet the horses at the barn first, just to feel more comfortable.
While the staff was carefully making sure that the horses were properly fitted for the ride, we were trying on some safety gear at the barn. All riders must wear a helmet and a windproof jacket to stay safe during the tour. Later, we were assigned a horse to begin the ride. My horse was a bit moody, so I got a bit worried at first. As the rest of the horses followed the guide, we started to move in line, one after the other, very orderly. Well, sometimes, my horse acted a bit funny as it wanted to somehow overtake the horse in front of ys. Well, that was the anecdotic part of the ride (haha). It was a wonderful experience that will allow you to see so much more in a very short time. The countryside is without a doubt, an incredible place to connect with its people and nature.
As the day was coming to an end, it was time for me to head to Eskifjörður where I had already made reservations for both lodging and dinner. Eskifjörður may seem like a very small village at first, but it has almost 1,100 inhabitants, making it one of the largest town in Fjarðabyggð. The views of the Norwegian Sea are simply spectacular from the hotel. Don't forget to take a look at some of the pictures I have posted.
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