…but there may well be a case for bad planning.

On the second day of our visit to Iceland we were greeted with rain.  Lots and lots of rain.

My sister and I drove north from Reykjavik for a road trip around Hvalfjörður and up to Húsafell in search of landscapes and lava tunnels.  Little did we realise, when booking our hire car, that certain roads leading into and all the roads within the highland region of the country are in fact restricted to 4×4-drive only.  Our little Suzuki Swift was clearly not in that category.

You have been warned!!

The lava tunnels we sought to explore were on the other side of an F-road (F = Forbidden For non-4x4s!)

We settled for a drive-about in the rain instead… as you do.

Usually all white plastic- someone had fun in this field!

We encountered many rivers – all of which seem to include the Icelandic for Salmon: Laxa. This one is Laxá í Kjós… one of Iceland’s finest  salmon-fishing rivers.

Laxá í Kjós

Nope… we didn’t see any.

There was much scenery to enjoy and the weather certainly played up the atmosphere.

Hvalfjörður

Basalt lava flows loomed over us

Rhyolite hills near Húsafell

Climbing up towards the forbidden mountains

Sneaking a peek at Langjökull

Menacing “summer” weather

One of Langjökull’s glacial tongues

Despite not getting to climb into lava tunnels, we did view a rather sweeping lava-flow.  Literally the river that turned to stone…

River of Stone

Two rivers run through it…

Staring up-stream of an old lava flow

Who needs lava tunnels, anyway?

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