Snow on our rental car
When we looked out the window to get from the building where our room was to
the building with the breakfast buffet we noted a fresh layer of snow had
fallen. Everything was covered in snow, including our rental car.
For days we saw weather reports stating that there would be precipitation
on this day, but we didn't expect it to be snow. Because of this weather
forecast we planned to drive for a large part of the day and get to the
eastern part of Iceland.
At breakfast it wasn't as busy as the day before, we saw only a few persons
in the guesthouse.
After breakfast we started driving. After a while the snow returned, sometimes
with hail. As the road got to higher elevations more snow started falling.
Heaps of snow started to form on the road and we saw a few plow trucks trying
to clear the road. Eventually snow dunes started to form and we had to slow
down seriously to keep driving safely. It was very cloudy but with the
completely white landscape due to the snow I used sunglasses while driving
to see as much detail as possible.
We stopped at Rjúkandafoss waterfall where the cold had turned a lot of the
spray into snow and ice. This helped for special views, but it was very cold
and we took extra layers of clothing outside.
At one of the higher mountain passes we saw a house on the map right next to
the road. We wondered who would build a house so far from the rest of
civilization so close to the road, since most houses in the remote areas are
far enough from the road, probably to reduce road noise. As we passed this
house it turned out to be a refugee shelter in case you got trapped in a
snowstorm or something, right on the edge of the road. We did not expect
such a shelter next to a major road. I guess the weather can be really bad!
In the afternoon we stopped at Fossardalur waterfall and took some pictures
there. This stop wasn't as cold as the earlier waterfall stop of the day.
Interesting (to me) was an old bridge next to the road which looked like
it was the original path of the ring road.
At the end of our drive we got into Djupivogur and we saw lots of caribou
grazing on the local sports field. They migrate from coastal areas in winter to
higher in the mountains in the summer, I guess the caribou thought winter was
just ending. I agree there after the snow and hail. It was a big herd, with
clearly a few large animals acting as leaders for the rest of them. We stayed
at a safe distance, we weren't sure they might get annoyed if we got to close.
Eventually they all moved on to other fields.
At the end of this drive we ended up at Framtíð Apartments, Djupivogur. This
turned out to be a wooden cabin near Framtíð hotel (we had to pick up the keys
at the hotel). The cabin wasn't isolated very well so I was glad there was
heating in the main area. It turned out the heater in the bathroom wasn't
working so it stayed very cold there. I reported this problem to the front desk
and they brought an electric heater to solved this problem. The cabin did have
a great view of the harbour at Djupivogur.
We had dinner at the Framtíð Hotel. Our cabin had a bedroom with two beds and
a sofa bed in the living room. But that did mean we had to 'build' the bed
in the evening and revert it to a sofa before breakfast the next day.