We took the easy option and flew to Reykjavik, whilst our trusty 110 and trailer took a container ship from Immingham. We are joining a tour organised by Venture 4×4, and they had arranged a lift from the airport to the dock. (Do be aware that the Airport is about a 40 min drive from Reykjavik, and taxis are expensive.)
The car had arrived, but had not yet cleared customs, so we had about an hours wait at the terminal but other than that all was done very efficiently. Quick fill-up with fuel for the car and for us (thank you Bonus supermarket) and we were on our way.
We are working anti-clockwise around the island, heading into the interior for 2 – 3 days and then popping out to the Ring Road (Highway 1) for a day to re-stock. The N1 Garage became a regular hit of civilisation for us, and when we needed more than key essentials the Bonus Supermarket. We stocked up for 3 days and then headed straight for the interior.
We left the Ring Road after Sellfoss taking the F26 and drove through ash and lava fields produced by the 1970 eruption of Hekla to Landmannalauger, which is a rather popular campsite at the start of the famed Laugavegar 60 km trail to Þorsmork.
We stopped to use the facilities at the campsite, but pressed on to Silver Falls for a rather more remote site.
A long, but most incredible day. Making camp was supervised by a Black Lab, and despite being accomplished after 8.30pm was not only in the light but also still in sunshine. The campsite is nestled up against a backdrop of basalt columns and has a waterfall that you can walk to.
We have been telling everyone that we are going “Off-Roading” in Iceland. This needs a little translation. There is no doubt that, where we come from, what we are doing is “Off-Roading”. But going off track in Iceland is strictly forbidden and can result in very large fines. There are plenty of opportunities for experiencing every possible driving surface, from rocks to ash and sand to water, whilst remaining on the legal driving surface in Iceland. When I use the term “off-road” or “off-roading” I mean off the metalled road surface, not off the legal driving surface.