On the second day, we already started our road trip. Together with three guys from our hostel, we drove all the way up to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. As soon as we got out of the city, we couldn’t help but stare out of the window and admire the landscape we were passing. We quickly stopped at Glymur, Iceland’s highest waterfall. We didn’t hike all the way to the actual waterfall though, because it started raining and we didn’t want to continue our drive being soaking wet and cramped together in one car.
The next big stop was at the foot of an inactive volcano in the middle of a huge lava field, and of course we climbed all the way to the top! The ground was a mix of unbelievably soft moss and pointy lava rocks and at times the wind was so heavy you had lean against it or hold on to the bigger rocks in order to not be blown into the crater in the middle. In the end, we found a sheltered spot with lots of moss and wild flowers from where we could see the lava field surrounding us and the smaller craters caused by the eruption. Being entirely amazed by the view and the absurd situation, we started philosophising about life, the universe and everything.
We drove on towards the peninsula. The landscape in Iceland is crazy. It changes every few kilometres, and on the southern coast of Snaefellsnes, you find yourself on a lonely road with cliffs (including numerous waterfalls) to your right, and a flat part of land just before the ocean starts to your left. Every now and then there appears a house in front of a waterfall that looks like someone cut it right out of a milk, cream or butter commercial. The cliffs are a part of Snaefellsjökull, the huge volcano with a glacier on top. In our attempt to get close to the glacier, we drove along a dry river bed until the rocks got too big and we had to fear that we had to return the rental car with major damages xD
In the evening, we arrived in Olafsvík, where we had a typical Icelandic dinner (burgers and fries!) before we set up our tent at the local campsite and the guys drove back to Reykjavik while we prepared for a cold night on the foot of Snaefellsjökull. Our adventure was about to begin…