So Many Puffins! – Chapter 16

Monday, June 15, 2015 – Part Two

After winding along the narrow, dirt, gravel, and mountainous roads on the sides of cliff faces, we had made it over to the other side of the mountain and our first glimpse of Dynjandi! The best thing about this, in the middle of nowhere, it had restrooms! Ok, that may not be the best thing about, but it is definitely a perk! We decided that since we were there and to get a break from driving, we would hike to the top of the waterfall. It didn’t look that bad, but it was pretty steep and quite a bit farther than we had originally thought. On the way to the top we met a couple from Ohio on their 4th trip to Iceland. She was kind enough to take our photo for us too! We climbed and climbed and eventually made it to the top! This waterfall was so amazing, with smaller waterfalls all the way down to the bottom of the mountain. The largest one at the top was MUCH larger when you got up close to it, it was so fantastic. Jeremy’s favorite waterfalls so far were Godafoss and Gljúfrabúi, but this one, was absolutely my favorite!!

After we finished our hike, we were definitely ready to rest a little now with some more driving! Our next stop was the ferry town of BRJÁNSLÆKUR to purchase our ferry tickets for the next day which would take us to STYKKISHÓLMUR. We made it there and stopped at the tiny store/restaurant to buy them. The ferry tickets sound really expensive at around $137.00 or 5,760 ISK. Then we were reminded that if we had driven around the fuel may have cost about the same thing, plus we wouldn’t get the ferry ride which was about 2.5 hours. So, since the ferry wasn’t until tomorrow morning, we decided to explore a little more! Our next stop, the Latrabjarg Bird Cliffs!

We were warned how the road out to it was going to be, but after the drive we had this morning it didn’t seem that bad at all, except for one portion in particular. The first part took us around some lovely fjord stunning water, it was such a fantastically scenic drive to get out there!

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As I had read about this place, I thought we would make it there, get out, see a few puffins from a distance and then just head back, but boy was I wrong. We must have made it there at the perfect time because the birds were EVERYWHERE! We could have literally stayed there for hours bird watching and taking photos. The cliffs were gorgeous, the puffin and other sea birds were literally, right there, you could lay down to get a closer view of them, however, there were definitely white paint along the ground and signs everywhere letting you know the cliff edge is unsecure. It is very high up so it would be a really long way down. So get ready for the puffin photos, because I swear I took a thousand, but these are a few of my favorites!

A lot of the little towns along the way to the cliffs had used giant buoys for speed limit signs. Also, in the parking area there were about 6 or 7 huge RVs parked, so if you may be worried about getting there, you should be alright! We were trying to find a restroom before we got there and along the way there happened to be a campsite right down the road, so we pulled over and Jeremy walked over there and immediately turned back. When he got back to the camper he said that  he would find somewhere else because there were “huge turds” in all the toilets that smelled and looked like they had been there for days….do with that what you will.

The bird cliffs at Latrabjarg are probably the coolest thing we had seen yet in Iceland, and that is saying a lot! The history of that area is pretty cool as well. It is the western-most point in Europe and the oldest part of Iceland. By around 7:30 pm we had started heading back down the road. We stopped at a little museum that was closed to take some photos of a US Navy plane, then later on, the oldest steel ship in Iceland which was beached in 1981 right off the road.

We kept driving and by 9:30 pm we made it to the campsite Flokalunder. We checked out the facilities and Jeremy walked around to get our sticker and pay the tax for the night. I called both my Mom and Dad on Skype and then Jeremy and I sat down to recount the day in the journal. Tomorrow, we take the ferry to Stykkisholmur!

Total Distance Driven on this Leg Of the Trip: 306 km

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Links and Places We Visited in this Post!

  1. Dynjandi Waterfall
  2. Baldur Ferry
  3. Flokalunder Campsite
  4. Latrabjarg Cliffs

As always if you have any questions or comments about anything you saw in the post please feel free to leave them down below! If you would like to see more of the places we have visited, you can check out our travel map on the about page! Thank you for reading along and have a great day!

continue reading…Chapter 17!

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