Route 1 East Iceland

The first of day 3’s posts, July 16. Driving on the Ring Road, Route 1 (Iceland) – Wikipedia, was fun and sometimes hair raising. Most of the road is 90 kilometers per hour (56 mph). Some of the road on the cliffs by the sea has no barriers. The highway is two way and narrow. Most of the bridges are one lane. There are lots of roundabouts too, especially in Reykjavik. Marc has a fear of heights so driving along the cliffs next to the sea was not something he enjoyed, especially since there were many sections with no barriers between us and a drop off. When the roads were straight Marc tended to doze off and get hypnotized. This happened so much that I finally got up my courage up and said I going to drive. I did quite a lot of driving while I was in Iceland, and I really did enjoy it. There isn’t much traffic, and the scenery is so lovely. What isn’t fun are the one lane bridges with no traffic lights. I’m also not crazy about the roundabouts.

The weather changes rapidly by the minute. Within and hour it can go back and forth from rain, to fog, to wind and on rare occasions sun. We experienced two days with partial sun.

I photographed the Snipe from our hotel window. There are lots of Icelandic horses and plants to photograph. More to come in later posts…

We drove to a Viking village. Marc didn’t want to pay to see it, so I just had a cup of coffee. It was down a dirt mountain road next to a tunnel by the sea that went through the mountain. I looked at the rest of the drive on Google Maps and had to leave the Bulandsnes bird sanctuary because there was no time. First of many things left out. And I was really ticked that I had to leave out Hengifoss which is one of Iceland’s grandest waterfalls because the hike involved to get to it and lack of time to drive there. We needed to get to where we were staying that night.

9 thoughts on “Route 1 East Iceland

  1. Lookoom 2021-08-06 / 6:58 am

    Great pictures, even the clouds add something to the landscape. It is so close to my memories!


    • Sherry Felix 2021-08-06 / 7:14 am

      Thanks. it was nice to see some blue with the clouds that day.


  2. derrickjknight 2021-08-06 / 5:44 am

    I like the moody and the wildlife photos, but I would be with Marc on those cliff edge drives


  3. Sue 2021-08-06 / 5:27 am

    Excellent images of the snipe and the stunning Icelandic scenery


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