We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've been back from my Icelandic sojourn for a few days. Needed a few to decompress. We landed at 4:45 on Thursday, but sat on the plane on the tarmac for four and a half more hours due to the storm. Then, after we were disembarked, the public transport at the airport was such a mess we didn't get to our car until midnight and didn't walk in our front door until 1am. Thankfully, I was able to work from home Friday, and the weekend was a mess just trying to pull all the pieces back together (get the dog, go to a birthday, etc.). The old saying that you need a vacation from the vacation doesn't usually apply to me, but definitely did this time.
I think the best place to start, though, would be with the Snaefellsness Peninsula. Our first day was spent up in this northeastern section, as I mentioned a week ago. This is a section of Iceland which is overlooked by guide books. The two we utilized had no more than two pages about it. I think it deserves more coverage. It's true you only need a day to see it, you can drive around it in about 4 hours if you don't stop too much. But you may want to stop, and in fact I say you should especially if you love volcanoes (dormant/extinct), lava fields, waterfalls, hiking and general wilderness. My pictures will never do any of the Icelandic regions justice, but I'll share them so you can all get a feel for the place.
The one thing I found intriguing was, at 6am as we drove north from the airport to our first destination, how incredibly dark it was. Without many inhabited districts, most of the roads are extremely dark, and the cloud cover (which prevented us from seeing the Aurora) was thick. As you drive north, with the Greenland Sea on your left, even with the darkness it doesn't take long to realize there are mountains all along on the right. Most probably aren't more than 1,500 feet high, but all are snowcapped due to how far north we are, which makes them seem positively gigantic. I was told most can be hiked in a few hours.
Eldborg Crater, an extinct volcano, visible at the end of the road. It should be an hour's hike, but the winding, lava-strewn path takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours total hiking time. Eldborg is on a working horse farm. There is a parking area and some changing facilities (I got very muddy on the hike).
Some lava, which shows how the magma cooled as it flowed from the Eldborg Crater.
The crater up close. It's a bit of a climb to the top, and was very windy. While there are cables to help you, the climb isn't too difficult.
Another view of overlapping lava flows on the side of the Eldborg Crater.
Panorama from the top of the Eldborg Crater.
The Saxholar Crater, further north and on the western edge of Snaefellsness Peninsula.
Probabky should include a quote from one of the better adventure stories of the modern era:
"Descend into the crater of Snaefells Jokull where the shadow of Scataris falls in the kalends of July, bold traveller, and you will reach the center of the earth. I have done this. -- Arne Saknussem"