Day 3 of our Ring Road adventure took us from Hofn, around the beautiful southern coast and eastern fjords of Iceland to Husey, a fun, horse farm located in the middle of nowhere.
We woke to sun(!) on day 3! It so was nice to finally be able to see further than a mile or two off into the distance.
We knew we would be staying a hostel that night, which meant we would likely be having snack-type foods for supper. So, we decided to splurge on another hearty hotel breakfast at Hotel Edda Hofn. It was a little lighter in options compared to Hotel Edda Vik, but they still had plenty of options. I even got Al to try a spoonful of cod liver oil. He compared it to “lake slime.” 🙂
Side note: Isn’t this modern beachy lobby at the Hotel Edda Hofn just awesome?! I love it!
Since we arrived in Hofn after dark, we took a little time after checking out of our hotel room to explore the little fishing community. Near our hotel there was a hill overlooking the bay that we climbed. From the top we could see the ice cap and several glaciers flowing from it off in the distance.
We didn’t have many set destinations for day 3 other than exploring one of the eastern fjords and getting to our hostel before 5 p.m. So, we took our time driving around the south-eastern corner of Iceland.
Note: Most of the Ring Road is paved, however, some parts in south-eastern Iceland are not. With that said, the unpaved portions were well-maintained and easy-to-drive. There were also a couple one-lane tunnels. 🙂
After following the coast for some time, we turned off of the Ring Road onto a highland shortcut – Road 939. Although unpaved, and narrow and windy in some places, this pass offered incredible views.
This route provided a lot of opportunities to get up close and personal with the sheep around every corner.
It also offered some pretty amazing valley views. After 20 or so kilometers, 939 rejoined with the Ring Road and we continued on to Egilsstaðir – the first and only “major city” that we encountered on our day 3 drive. From Egilsstaðir, we turned east onto 93 headed towards the cute little fjord town of Seyðisfjörður.
Our first stop in Seyðisfjörður was Tvísöngur Sound Sculpture. To reach it, we drove through town turning right at Hotel Aldan and continuing out of town on Hafnargata to a small gravel parking lot off to the right, just out of town. From the parking lot, it was a 10 to 15 minute uphill hike to the sound sculpture. When we arrived, a violinist greeted us with classical music and we paused to take in the fantastic sound quality.
After explore Tvísöngur, we headed back into town and parked by another popular Seyðisfjörður attraction, the blue church.
Much of the town seemed closed down, likely because it was considered the “off season.” But, we did enjoy walking around and taking in the unique and colorful architecture.
After our brisk walk, I was ready for a cup of coffee. So, we popped into one of the only open places, Hotel Aldan. We each ordered an Americano (Yes, even my coffee-adverse husband decided he needed a cup) and enjoyed sipping on them while warming up in this cute cafe.
P.S. Hotel Aldan also offered some pretty darn delicious looking pastries and baked goods.
From Seyðisfjörður, we drove the 30 minutes or so back to Egilsstaðir. In town, we stocked up on groceries at the Bonus supermarket and popped into Salt Cafe & Bistro for a warm mid-afternoon meal. Salt had an impressive, eclectic menu of Icelandic, Indian and American food offerings. After some debate, we both ordered variations of tandoori chicken. I chose a tandoori plate (upper right) and Al ordered the tandoori chicken burger (bottom left).
After filling our bellies, we had about an hour drive to Husey Hostel, which was located in pretty much the middle of nowhere.
Although the location and inexpensive accommodations were definitely a plus, the main reason we wanted to stay at Husey was to take advantage of the hostel being situated on a working horse farm.
The Husey farm employs interns to take guests (and non-guests) on horseback rides around the property. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see seals playing in the nearby river.
We did see seals, which was cool, but I think we enjoyed the whole horseback-riding experience more! This was Al’s very first time being on a horse and I hadn’t been on one for years. So, it was definitely thrilling to build a relationship and sense of trust with our horses in such a short amount of time. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
After our horseback ride, we walked the short path back to the Husey hostel. We spent the evening reading, snacking on sandwiches and just taking in the serenity of “backroads” Iceland.
Day 3 Details
Travel: Hofn to Seyðisfjörður to Husey
Eat: Salt Cafe & Bistro
Drink: Hotel Aldan
Sleep: Husey Hostel International