Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Volcanic Rock and Mountains Everywhere!

It's simply amazing how much undeveloped land exists in Iceland. Granted much of the country is either volcanic rock or mountainous, and the wind gusts of the Northern Atlantic probably make all of this oceanfront property a bit less desirable, but it's still truly stunning.

Even in the suburbs of Reykjavik, there is a ton of space. It's strange being able to see entire cities from end to end while driving past them on the highway.

We spent much of the past two days driving. Monday was a trip 187 kilometers south of Reykjavik to a town called Vik, then a drive along gravel roads in the southwestern corner of Iceland through an uninhabited part of the Reykjanes Peninsula (a drive that admittedly, made me a bit nervous that we wouldn't find our way out). Today, we headed northwest to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, driving an approximately 175 kilometer loop through small coastal harbor towns separated by a whole lot of...nothing.

I swear much of today's scenery looked like the surface of Mars dotted with random horses and huge snow-covered mountains. Volcanic rock fields everywhere. It was totally surreal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That tiny little blue house look so coolz!!