Day 04 of 12 Day Roadtrip Iceland Hoefn Seydisfjoerdur
Published: 24/01/2021
On day four you will drive past the incredible fjords of East Iceland. This remote part of the country is very quiet and you will not be bothered by other traffic

The Eastern fjords are spectacular in themselves; the mountains in the east are monumental and the bays sparkling and beautiful. The fishing villages that you pass through are sleepy and idyllic and nature is spectacular.

The majority of the route follows the coast line and you have a good chance to spot whales and dolphins; on the coast you see seals; many seabirds, including puffins nesting in the rocks. Wild reindeer also roam in this part of East Iceland.

Traveling along Route 1 will expose you to a wealth of incredible vistas and the beautiful nature of Iceland.
The first stop is at Vestrahorn (RP2), also known as Vesturhorn, is a dramatic place where dazzling cliffs meet on a flat black sandy beach. It is 454 m (1490 ft) high and is sometimes called Batman Mountain. It is one of the highlights of South Iceland.

The next stop is at the coast at the lighthouse "Hvalnes Lighthouse" (RP3), from here you have a beautiful view.
At RP4 you can visit the small waterfall Barkinafoss.
The first settlement where you stop is the village of Djúpivogur (RP5). Although fewer than five hundred people live, it is known for its art and ethos. Djúpivogur is a small coastal town on the Búlandsnes peninsula, located on the scenic Hamarsfjörður fjord in Eastern Iceland. The city has approximately 400 inhabitants. Fishing has been the main driver of Djúpivogur's economy for centuries. The tourism industry has recently blossomed and a hotel, restaurants, cafes and shops can all be found in and around the city. So here you can take a break to have lunch.

At RP6 you can stop to see The Eggs of Merry Bay. In 2009 the Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson created the 34 enormous eggs in honor of the 34 species of birds that nest in the area. Each stone specimen accurately reflects the shape, patterns and colors of the individual bird's egg that it represents. The eggs, although somewhat different in appearance, are all around the same size. Except, that is, for one. The statue in honor of the red-throated diver, the official bird of Djúpivogur, is larger than the rest.
The eggs are all accompanied by a sign with the name of the bird (both sex and species) in Latin and the common name in Icelandic, making this beautiful piece of art a fun science lesson and language exercise.

A little further is a small waterfall Nykurhylsfoss, for this you have to turn left at RP7 just after the bridge and drive about 400 meters along a gravel road, definitely worth it.

At RP8 is a new bridge and way to the other side of the fjord, this is not in the TomTom map. So turn right here.

At RP9 is the small town of Breiðdalsvík with 139 inhabitants. The charming village is on the coast with great seascapes and black sandy beaches. This remote corner of the world offers a refreshing escape where you can still discover the undiscovered.

At RP10 you can visit Petra's Stone Collection, this wonderful assembly was the lifelong love work for Petra Sveinsdóttir (1922–2012). In her house, stones and minerals are piled from floor to ceiling - 70% of which comes from the environment. They include beautiful cubes of jasper, polished agate, purple amethyst, glowing creamy 'ghost stone', glittering quartz crystals ... it's like opening a treasure chest.
You can stop for a drink a kilometer away.

We drive via a beautiful winding road to our hotel in Seyðisfjörður.

I appreciate this route with 4 stars because of the beautiful nature and sights.

Vesturhorn (RP2)
Hvalnes Lighthouse (RP3)
Useful links:
Day 3
Icelandic Meteorological Office
The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration
Day 5

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Iceland (Icelandic: Ísland; [ˈistlant] (listen)) is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea-level, and its central volcanic plateau is erupting almost constantly. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate. According to the ancient manuscript Landnámabók, the settlement of Iceland began in 874 AD when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. In the following centuries, Norwegians, and to a lesser extent other Scandinavians, emigrated to Iceland, bringing with them thralls (i.e., slaves or serfs) of Gaelic origin. The island was governed as an independent commonwealth under the Althing, one of the world's oldest functioning legislative assemblies. Following a period of civil strife, Iceland acceded to Norwegian rule in the 13th century. The establishment of the Kalmar Union in 1397 united the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Iceland thus followed Norway's integration into that union, coming under Danish rule after Sweden's secession from the union in 1523. Although the Danish kingdom introduced Lutheranism forcefully in 1550, Iceland remained a distant semi-colonial territory in which Danish institutions and infrastructures were conspicuous by their absence.In the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Iceland's struggle for independence took form and culminated in independence in 1918 and the founding of a republic in 1944. Although its parliament (Althing) was suspended from 1799 to 1845, the island republic has been credited with sustaining the world's oldest and longest-running parliament. Until the 20th century, Iceland relied largely on subsistence fishing and agriculture. Industrialisation of the fisheries and Marshall Plan aid following World War II brought prosperity, and Iceland became one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world. It became a part of the European Economic Area in 1994; this further diversified the economy into sectors such as finance, biotechnology, and manufacturing. Iceland has a market economy with relatively low taxes, compared to other OECD countries, as well as the highest trade union membership in the world. It maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. Iceland ranks high in economic, democratic, and social stability, as well as equality, ranking third in the world by median wealth per adult. In 2020, it was ranked as the fourth-most developed country in the world by the United Nations' Human Development Index, and it ranks first on the Global Peace Index. Iceland runs almost completely on renewable energy. Icelandic culture is founded upon the nation's Scandinavian heritage. Most Icelanders are descendants of Norse and Gaelic settlers. Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is descended from Old West Norse and is closely related to Faroese. The country's cultural heritage includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, Icelandic literature, and medieval sagas. Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one with no standing army, with a lightly armed coast guard.
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12 Day Iceland Road Trip

Driving in Iceland is a great experience whether you travel by car or as described in this review by motorcycle.

This route collection is based on information about Iceland that you can find on the Internet, especially from the Guide to Iceland, where you can find a wealth of information to prepare you well for your trip.

You drive through landscapes that are varied and beautiful, you see glacier tongues, volcanic mountains, geothermal areas with active geysers, lava fields, craters, forests, waterfalls and incredibly rugged stretches of coast. You will also see many animals such as seals, killer whales, humpback whales, puffins, gulls, olives and petrels

The main roads are of good quality but you also drive a lot on gravel roads, so not suitable for road motorcycles. Some of these roads are sometimes closed due to the weather.

It is therefore important that you check the weather forecasts and the situation of the roads every day before you leave, this information can be found on the website of "Icelandic Meteorological Office" and for the roads on the website of "The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration" "

Due to the Icelandic climate this trip can only be made in the summer and is suitable for car and motorcycle. Renting cars (also 4x4) and motorbikes is possible in Reykjavik.
If you want your own car or motorcycle, you can make a ferry crossing from the Netherlands or Denmark via the Faroe Islands. Then take another week off for the crossings, or longer because you can also make beautiful rides on Faroe Islands.

This route collection consists of the following routes

Day 1 from Reykjavik to Vik (350km)
Day 2 from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (215km)
Day 3 from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hoefn (225km)
Day 4 from Hoefn to Seydisfjoerdur (295km)
Day 5 from Seydisfjoerdur to Husavik (300km)
Day 6 from Husavik to Siglufjordur (260km)
Day 7 from Siglufjordur to Blonduos (220km)
Day 8 from Blonduos to Reykholar (325km)
Day 9 from Reykholar to Patreksfjordur (455km)
Day 10 from Patreksfjordur to Grundarfjordur (280km)
Day 11 from Grundarfjordur to Borgarnes (210km)
Day 12 from Borgarnes to Reykjavik (270km)