Campervaning, Iceland and Puffins.

A semi-wild camp site at Dynjandi Falls.Campervaning and Iceland were made for each other.

Although not quite as isolated or spectacular as Tibet, Iceland comes close in terms of impact. The combination of non-surfaced roads, long distances, very few people and spectacular geology combine to produce a similar feeling (at least on sunny days). But you don't need a visa or a guide! Like Tibet, Iceland has unlimited wild camping but unlike Tibet, Iceland has fuel stations that take credit cards, shops and wonderful semi-wild camp sites.

Dynjandi Falls from the camp site.A good example of a semi-wild camp site is the one where this page is being written; Dynjandi Falls (N65° 44.103 W23° 12.511). This campsite sits beneath a 100 metre high waterfall that takes your breath away and at the end of a beautiful fiord. It is 35 Km from the nearest "town" (Þingeyri population 344!) The site has room for 100s of tents but there are 7, it has room for 30 campervans, there are 3, it has a small toilet block, water and a waste skip. It is clean, tidy and free. Today is the longest day, a Saturday and it is sunny.

Highlights on the route from Reykjavík to here include the 3.5km long lava tube at Surtshellir (N64° 47.454 W20° 42.469).

To get an idea of the size of this lava tube note that the white and black blob in the centre of the picture is a person about to walk into the tube. In principle you can apparently walk the entire length of the tube but because the "floor" of the tube is jumble of metre sized boulders you soon give up.

At Öndverðarnes (N64° 53.336 W24° 2.635) at the very western end of the Snæfellsnes peninsular we saw a whale watching boat very close to the shore.

After scrambling over the rocks to get down to the sea we could see the reason; a pod of orcas between the boat and the shore.

At the Bjargtangaviti lighthouse at Látravík (N65 30.307 W24 31.920) there is a colony of puffins that are so used to visitors that they allow you to approach to within a metre.

Stephen Stewart.

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