65º nordur

Car tour around Iceland

Epilogue: The golden circle

  That morning of our fifth and last day’s journey was radiant: the sun shone on the white blanket covering the land, emphasizing, by contrast, all the colours around: the deep blue of a nearby lake, the dark grey line of the sea to the southeast and the hazy azur of the glacier peaks to … Continue reading »

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Episode 4 (3rd part): Hvoll, an inhospitable youth hostel

  If you’ve ever seen the ocean waters hurrying upstream for ransacking–as if living creatures, as if soldiers for the plunder of a defeated city, as if looters after the wreckage of a vessel–the spoils of a glacier’s end, there aren’t many more scenes left in Nature capable to stun you too much. When we … Continue reading »

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Episode 4 (2nd part): Jökulsarlón, a visit to the dawn of time

When the traveller driving south from Egilsstadir along the famous Icelandic Hring Vegur (the Ring Way) reaches the solitary mountain pass dividing the northern and southeastern basins, there appears before his eyes a magnificent view; but also a dismal one: for the first mile from the pass towards the impressive glacial valley, the road has … Continue reading »

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Episode 4 (1st part): Road #1

  When I woke up in the morning of our fourth day’s journey, the world seemed rather more hospitable a place than in the eve: there was a bright sun to cheer us up and news were good: Benito was already awakened and had taken the car to the workshop — right around the corner … Continue reading »

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Episode 3: The beautiful Nothing

  On asking the employee in the Reykjavik tourist office what there is between Mývatn and Egilsstadir, i.e. the upper leftt quarter of the island, he had quickly replied: Nothing; and then added: but it’s a beautiful Nothing. And it was a splendent sunny morning when we set forth for this beautiful Nothing. Though far from being … Continue reading »

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65 º nordur. Episode 2: Akureyri

Located on the shoreline at the bottom of Eyjafördur in the north of Iceland, Akureyri is a lovely, small and rather quiet town; although with 17,000 inhabitants is the second largest in the country, after Reikjavik, ten times bigger. After the pitiable adventure passed during our first day’s journey, we devoted the second one to get … Continue reading »

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65º nordur. Episode 1: the blizzard

65º nordur. Tour around Iceland This is, somehow, a story about circles. It takes place at 65º north, right below the arctic circle. It gives an account of a trip around the Icelandic ring road, route nr 1. And it ends in the very touristic Golden circle. Another associations could be found involving circuits and … Continue reading »

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