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Iceland Day 7: Djúpivogur, Namafjall Hverir, Lake Mývatn Info


Here are some general info about day 7 and the places we visited. Photo diary will follow!

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Day 7 in Iceland and fourth day of our road trip. We didn't see much because the drive to Lake Myvatn is a long one. You kind of have to cross through the mountains to get there so its about 5hrs driving. We decided to take it easy and not add too many things to our itinerary. 

  • Djúpivogur
This is just a small town with not much to do or see. We had planned to stop over for our lunch break but since we skipped going for a walk at Stokksnes due to super thick fog that we couldn't see in front of us we ended up getting there too early for lunch. Instead we walked around the harbor trying to locate some fishermen but no luck. We drove by the Eggin í Gleðivík installation. The artwork of Sigurður Guðmundsson consists of 34 eggs, each one representing a local bird. Since we didn't not get lunch there we also stopped at Egilsstaðir to eat a burger and refuel on gas. 
  • Namafjall Hverir
Namafjall is a high temperature geothermal area with fumaroles and mud pots. At the depth of 100m the temperature is above 200C. The smell at this place is unbearable! Its like all the sewers of Iceland are dumped there. I had to wrap my face with my scarf and try to breath as little as possible, but I'm also very sensitive to smell. The hydrogen sulfide coming out of the earth is responsible for the smell. 

  • Lake Mývatn
The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms such as lava pillars and pseudo craters. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have a rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks. Many people go there for bird watching. You can also fish for brown trout and Atlantic salmon at river Laxá. (I bet it is super expensive though) The lake gets its name from the huge numbers of midges in the area and they are super annoying. All these little flies follow you around everywhere! The sunset over the lake was magical!!! 






Hotel

We stayed at Vogafjos Guesthouse. The rooms are big and can accommodate three people. There is no view to the lake at least from our room. We paid about 196 euros for one night. The breakfast was included and there is free wifi and parking. There is little insulation between rooms so noise can be heard but there are not TVs in the rooms so the only noise we heard was from the people next to us but that was only in the evening we didn't have any problems at night.

In the cowshed (cafe/barn) is where you have to go to check in first. They keep their cows right next to the cafe and you can see them through the glass windows.. You can also go and pet them, the baby cows were so cute! They also milk their cows and you can watch it either from the cafe or go right in the room with the guys and they will answer any questions you have. They also offer you fresh milk, which I didn't not try since I don't like milk, especially hot milk. The boy tried it and said it was good.
If you are interested ask what time the milking is so you don't miss it.





Food

We had dinner at the cowshed cafe. We weren't disappointed. Its a nice little cafe with many tables and very friendly staff. We got the Vogafjos goulash soup (stew) which comes with Geysir bread. It costs 2600ISK. It was good, not my favorite soup since I like mine with nothing inside but it was tasty! This was the first time we tried Geysir bread. Geysir bread is a rye bread baked by burying it in the ground near a hot spring. I loved it! Its very tasty especially if you put butter on it. The boy didn't really like it though. We also go the crepe which was huge!!! It was 2850ISK depending on what you put inside.



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