On most trips, Sarah and I have allowed ourselves a few days to settle into our surroundings before an outdoor adventure. Not this time. Less than 24 hours after arriving in Iceland, we had our packs loaded again. And we were walking back to the BSI terminal to catch a bus to the centerpiece of our trip.
The roads to the Landmannalaugar region had just opened when we arrived. They were finally free of snow and mud â€“ at least enough to allow buses to get through. And when I say "roads," for much of the trip that means dirt roads. Narrow dirt roads.
We quickly left Reykjavik behind â€“ Sarah and I were already starving since we had to leave our guesthouse too early for breakfast (this caused a bit of consternation â€“ they told us that they’d be willing to pack sandwiches for us next time -- very nice of them!).