RING ROAD DAY 1 APPROX 240KM KEFLAVIK TO HVAMMSTANGI
08.07.2017 - 08.07.2017
DAY 153 SATURDAY 8TH JULY 2017
Somehow we managed to be down at breakfast by 8.30am. It was a help yourself buffet with cereal, toast, cold meats and cheese. We ate up a storm as this is the only free feed we would be getting on this whole trip.
We hung around in our rooms until it was time to check out at 12 noon, which was the time I had arranged with the car hire company to come and pick us up to collect the hire car. Orange Car Hire was late and at 12.15 we asked the B & B receptionist to give them a call and they advised they would be with us in 15 minutes.
30 minutes later the van arrived and we loaded our luggage and drove back to the Orange office. By the time the paperwork was completed and we had stored luggage we were leaving and loaded luggage into the car that we were taking it was 1pm. Dolly actually booked this car months ago when we were still at home and she agreed to drive. It was a bit of a nervy shaky start but we all survived the day and driving on the opposite side of the road to what we are all used to.
Our first stop was at Bonus supermarket for some dinner supplies as tonight we have accommodation with kitchen facilities. We tried really hard not to be shocked by the inflated prices as we knew they would be, but it was still hard not to be horrified by the price of some groceries. We ended up with a handful of vegetables and some chicken as it was the only meat we could afford. The shock of these items was enough for the first shop.
Next stop about half an hour up the road was IKEA. We always like to visit IKEA in different countries and I read that IKEA is where you can get the cheapest meal in all of Iceland. Not necessarily the best meal, but the cheapest. So we stopped took a photo and had meatballs and chips for lunch.
It tasted like it does everywhere, but the bill is still burning a hole in our wallets. ISK3955 = aud$49.90 - wow and this is the cheapest meal in Iceland? I think we will be taking full advantage of the kitchens on offer at our accomodations.
After lunch we continued north along the west coast heading to our accommodation for the night. We came to a tunnel that went under the water and realizing we did not have any local currency to pay the toll we decided to take the 80km detour around the bay instead. Dolly was a little horrified that it added so much mileage to her drive but we assured her it would be fine. And wow, the drive showed us some magnificent scenery which we would have missed had we taken the 5.7km toll tunnel.
It was about 8pm when we arrived at Hvammstangi Cottages - our home for the night. Our cabin is surrounded by magnificent scenery at the back of Hvammstangi village. The wooden structure is cosy and warm as we sat down for a cuppa and some of Robyn home made cake (which she brought with her from Australia).
What a great day, good driving Miss Dolly, we all made it in one piece. The weather was a little touch and go today, we had a few spots of rain, and the sky was mostly grey with patches of blue. Sitting in the car is warm, but getting out for photos is definitely chilly, but the wind was not too bad in the places we stopped so a light jumper was enough. After we arrived at the cabin, Lyn started dinner and I went out for a little walk to take some more photos and wished I had rugged up a little more as it was now 9pm and the temp had dropped. But I felt much warmer once I walked through the campground next to us and saw that some crazy people are actually camping on the ground in little dome tents. BRRRRR.
As I finish typing this the ladies are all in bed, I look out the window of our little wooden cabin and the surrounding hills are covered in low cloud or mist. I can see some close by houses have their lights on but it's still quite light outside. Its now 12.15am, there was no sunset today due to cloud cover, but it still does not look like its going to get very dark.
This place is amazing.
Distance driven 281km.