Iceland Day 4: East Iceland

It’s at this point I should tell you about 66°NORTH, essentially the Iceland version of The North Face but way more expensive. We caught on pretty quickly that it was a prominent brand after seeing ads and signs everywhere. We unknowingly walked into an outlet location in Akureyri and did not purchase anything. After that, we visited every location we could in hopes of finding those outlet prices again (#FOMO). More on this journey later…

From Husavik, we could have continued up to Abyrgi, the most North point of Iceland, but we decided to get back on the Ring Road and continue East.

First stop: Dettifoss

Dettifoss: Known as the “beast” to Godafoss’ “beauty”

On the road: Hot springs

Perks of road tripping is that you’ll encounter views like this at any given time. I don’t even know what this area was called it’s a totally normal thing to see in these parts.

Second stop: Gufafoss

If you haven’t figured it out by now, “foss” means “waterfall” in Icelandic.

 

Not in my top waterfalls list, but Gufafoss served as a short break in the stressful drive to Seydiforjour. As we drove up into the hills, the fog was super thick and obstructed 90% of our view; we couldn’t see cars in front of us or behind us. We drove super slowly and only had the painted lines on the road to guide us.

Whew, we were glad when that was over. Finally, we reached this adorable harbor town, Seydiforjour. There’s not much but it was quite charming and I’m glad we stayed a night here. We booked an AirBnB, which was actually the house of a native Icelandic man who’s mother still lives up the street. Icelanders must be raking in the AirBnB money right now.

Where we ate: Hotel Aldan- Sushi Bar

I definitely did not think Japanese food would be good here but fresh fish is fresh fish right? My instincts were right, the Miso soup was probably powder but the sashimi and ceviche were AMAZE. Some of the best sushi I’ve ever had.


If we had more time, I would have wanted to stay a night or 2 at Skalanes, a guest house in a privately owned nature reserve that sounds extremely peaceful. It requires driving with a 4WD and a bit of a walking trek though. After dinner, we walked about 1/3 of the way before turning in for the night. You can see the desolate road; we were the only ones walking at that hour. Kind of eery but unreal views for a nighttime walk.

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