Day 10 of 12 Day Roadtrip Iceland Patreksfjordur Grundarfjordur
Published: 24/01/2021
RP2 Latrabjarg Cliffs
On day ten the exploration of the West Fjords ends. Two more important locations can be seen: the cliffs of the birds of Látrabjarg (RP2) and the beach of Rauðassandur (RP3). This day we drive a little less and we make a crossing by boat.

To reach Látrabjarg from Patreksfjörður, follow Route 62 South to Route 612 and follow it until the end. The cliffs of Látrabjarg (RP2) are perhaps the most westerly point in Europe; although officially on the North American plate, Iceland is considered a European nation and no other sovereign European state has that far west. However, that is not what they are known for. These cliffs are best known for the millions of birds of dozens of species that nest here all summer. Gulls, olives, petrels and forty percent of the world's razor blades can be found on Látrabjarg, to name just a few, but most visitors come here looking for the puffins. They nest with thousands and are not afraid of people; you can come within reach without disturbing them, although for the sake of the birds you are not getting closer or trying to touch them. It is possible to walk along the edge of the cliffs for a spectacular view. They are 440 meters long at their highest point and extend over fourteen kilometers.

Return along the same road and turn onto Route 614 to reach your next destination, the beach of Rauðassandur (RP4). This stretch of coast is very unusual for Iceland; instead of the sand turning black from volcanic ash, the vivid colors are red, orange and pink. It is pleasant all year round, but if you are here in the first week of July, you can participate in the lively Rauðassandur music festival.

Now it's time to leave the Westfjords for the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Instead of taking a journey that would even last four hours, you start with a road trip to the sea and take the Baldur ferry from Brjánslækur (RP5) to Stykkishólmur (RP6). The crossing takes approximately 2½ hours and costs approximately € 175 for a motorcycle and driver. To reach Brjánslækur, return north to Route 612 and follow it eastwards to Route 62; take this road to the south and follow it to your destination.

As soon as you reach Stykkishólmur, you have time to explore the sites, as well as a few sites on the north side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, such as the shark museum (RP7) where you get an explanation of how to process shark meat including tasting. Another point to visit is Mount Kirkjufell and the nearby waterfall, RP8 and 9 are the best places to stop for photos.
After this we have to drive back a little to Grundafjörður, where we spend the night.

A nice short route with a ferry crossing, along the way a number of beautiful roads and beautiful nature and wildlife. I therefore rate this route with 4 **** Stars.

RP4 Rauðasandur beach
RP9 Kirkjufell and waterfall
Useful links:
Route Day 9
Icelandic Meteorological Office
The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration
RP7 Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum
Route Day 11

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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)