ÍS: Driving to Seyðisfjörður

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Seyðisfjörður is one of my favorite little towns in Iceland. Tucked into a cozy valley at the base of a fjord, this artsy community is full of color and quirk. The drive there from Egilsstaðir (a rather mundane city) has merit on its own. A drive up over a mountain provides spectacular views of Egilsstaðir (pictures 3-5), a mountain plateau covered in snow most of the year (above and below), a stunning waterfall (picture 6), and breathtaking views of Seyðisfjörður from above (last two photos).

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my May 2015 trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. Click here for more pictures of East Iceland.]

Icelandic Independence Day in Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjorður, IcelandJune 17th was the 70th anniversary of Icelandic Independence from Denmark. There was a delightfully small town celebration in Seyðisfjörður that felt completely removed from time, as if it could have easily been a small town celebration in the 80’s or in Tom Sawyer. Seyðisfjorður, IcelandThe town gathered on the lawn in front of the church to hear some musical performances by the youth. Then, the firetruck pulled up and every kid big enough to walk ran en mass to get a ride. They piled as many as would fit in the front, turned on the sirens, and made a big circle through the town, making several more trips until every kid got a chance.Seyðisfjorður, Iceland

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Seyðisfjorður, Iceland[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]

ÍS: The Seyðisfjörður Harbor

Seyðisfjorður, Iceland Photos from the lovely lovely lovely little harbor of Seyðisfjörður on the east coast of Iceland, the first stop for anyone arriving via ferry.Seyðisfjorður, IcelandSeyðisfjorður, Iceland

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Seyðisfjorður, Iceland  [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland. See new posts right away by following the blog on Facebook.]

 

 

ÍS: Seyðisfjörður (Part Two)

Seyðisfjorður, IcelandMy iphone pictures from the idyllic little town of Seyðisfjörður turned out rather nice as well. You can check them out hereSeyðisfjorður, Iceland

Seyðisfjorður, Iceland

Seyðisfjorður, Iceland [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland. See new posts right away by following the blog on Facebook.]

ÍS: Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjorður, IcelandSeyðisfjörður is one of the most darling little towns in Iceland. It’s full of artists and creative types. Waterfalls are always visible and audible in the background, pouring down into the fjord from three sides of the village. After a few minutes waiting to catch a ride there from Egilsstaðir, we were picked up by two young Icelandic men trying to make the most of their days off. One was on a two month leave from his job on a fishing boat. They decided it would be good fun to take us all the way to Seyðisfjörður, even though they hadn’t been planning on going that way. After picking up a few beers from the store and cracking one open, we drove over a dip in the mountains that leads to the cozy fjord.Seyðisfjorður, IcelandHaving nothing better to do, Kolbeinn and Theodore (except Icelandic spelling?) gave us the “grand tour,” stopping at the scenic overlook and driving all through town. I’ve found that the average Icelander knows quite a bit about their history, literature, and the geology behind the landscape. We were then treated to our first rúnta: aimless driving around the same circuit through town, listening to music (DJ Muscle Boy and The Dead Weather in this case), drinking, and passing the time in a small town.Seyðisfjorður, Iceland

Seyðisfjorður, Iceland[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland. See new posts right away by following the blog on Facebook.]

June 18 || Seyðisfjörður to Skaftafell

20140626-153843-56323960.jpg June 18th was a slow day for rides. We got stuck for extended periods of time at least twice. But as always, there were some kind people who picked us up. Including a French couple who had to wake us up when we got to the spot we were headed and a tour bus driver who gave us a lift on his empty bus out of Höfn to a better hitchhiking spot.

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20140626-154229-56549674.jpg It was late by the time we arrived at Skaftafell. The campground there, right on the edge of the Vatnjökull, is beautiful. While we were setting up out tents, we stuck up a conversation with an English traveler from the same part of London as my traveling companion. Our little conversation eventually merged with the two Icelanders camping with their Canadian friend next to us. They generously shared their wine, scotch, and a huge leg of lamb they had leftover from dinner. We all stayed up till 4, laughing and drinking as the sky turned pink instead of dark.

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June 17 || Independence Day in Seyðisfjörður

20140624-142950-52190128.jpg June 17th was the 70th anniversary of Icelandic Independence from Denmark. There was a delightfully small town celebration in Seyðisfjörður that felt completely removed from time, as if it could’ve been a small town celebration in the 80’s or in Tom Sawyer.

20140624-143744-52664328.jpgThe town gathered on the lawn in front of the church to hear some musical performances by the youth. Then, the firetruck pulled up and every kid big enough to walk ran en mass to get a ride. They piled as many as would fit in the front, turned on the sirens, and made a big circle through the town, making several more trips until every kid got a chance.

20140624-144225-52945538.jpg There was also face painting and some calves and lambs to pet.

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June 16 || Seyðisfjörður

20140624-132558-48358051.jpg Seyðisfjörður is an adorable, tiny town tucked away at the end of a fjord. On three sides, dozens of waterfalls pour into the fjord. Wherever you go in the town you hear the sound of water rushing and falling.

20140624-132921-48561545.jpg I think most of the tourist activity in the town comes from the ferry, which brings travelers from Denmark via the Faroe Islands.

20140624-133025-48625719.jpgSeyðisfjörður has a thriving arts community. It is home to artist and writers from all over the works invited there for residencies. There are design and knitted goods shops in abundance as well as several fantastic cafe/bar/restaurants. We had coffee at Hotel Alden and delicious dinner (they even had a gorgeous vegan burger for my traveling companion) at Skaftafell, which is housed under the art gallery.

20140624-133358-48838466.jpg On a hill a short walk from downtown, there is a fantastic art installation. It’s a cluster of connected cement domes. The acoustics inside are amazing. We carried out instruments up and spent a few house playing and experimenting with noises in the domes.

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20140624-133637-48997181.jpg I think this was one of my favorite towns I saw on the trip around the island. If you get a chance to visit, even just to stop in, you definitely should.

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June 15 || Dettifoss & Seyðisfjörður

20140620-095355-35635121.jpgDettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Iceland. We hitched a ride there with the sweetest family from Bavaria (in the photo below, at another waterfall on the side of the road. They gave a ride there, back, and then all the way to Egilstaðir.

20140620-095652-35812904.jpg Egilstaðir is tidy and functional, but with little to nothing of interest for travelers. We stopped for a wifi/coffee break, and then carried on to the completely charming Seyðisfjörður.

20140620-100034-36034072.jpgWe were picked up by two young Icelandic men trying to make the most of their days off. One was on a two month leave from his job on a fishing boat. They decided it would be good fun to take us all the way to Seyðisfjörður, even though they hadn’t been planning on going that way. After picking up beer and cracking one open, we drove over a dip in the mountains that leads to the cozy fjord.

20140620-100351-36231850.jpg Having nothing better to do, Kolbeinn and Theodore (except Icelandic spelling?) gave us the “grand tour,” stopping at the scenic overlook and driving all through town. I’ve found that the average Icelander knows quite a bit about their history, literature, and the geology behind the landscape.

20140620-111204-40324288.jpgWe were then treated to our first rúnta: aimless driving around the same circuit through town, listening to music (DJ Muscle Boy and The Dead Weather in this case), drinking, and passing the time in a small town. [These photos taken with my iphone 5c]