|The view on the way down|
An hour's drive later we found ourselves in Hofn, which is a quaint fishing town where we had planned to have lunch. We were starving! There aren't many options when driving through these desolate areas to eat (actually, there are no options!) and we had only had a few fig bars and cliff bars to hold us over so we were looking forward to some warm food. We had a restaurant in mind, Pakkhus, and immediately went there. We started with lobster soup with warm bread and butter and then had the best fish and chips of our entire trip. So amazingly delicious!
After some time in Hofn we took a slight detour off the Ring Road and went to Stokksnes. This area isn't well known to visitors so it was very empty, which was great since the landscape is completely gorgeous and unlike other landscapes we've seen. The black sand beach is framed by tall mountains right on the water's edge - it felt like we were part of another time period.
After the beach we drove back to the main area and then walked all the way down to "Viking Village". This is the set for an upcoming movie and it was pretty cool to see!
It was now time to continue our journey to our final destination for the night, Seyðisfjörður, about three hours away. We drove a twisty turny path on and off the Ring Road and saw some amazing scenery. Seyðisfjörður is located at the innermost part of a fjord and if you're visiting east Iceland then this is the town to see! The town is fairly small, but is decorated with colorful wooden houses, waterfalls, and mountains. The road leading down to the fjord is winding and slow and unlike anything we've seen before. It's actually the same road that Walter Mitty (in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) skateboards down and around.
|Lovely panoramic shot - taken at about 10:15 at night|
|Seyðisfjörður is below in the background|