After a restful night at Hotel Siglunes, we spent much of day 5 driving on Iceland’s Ring Road and Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Day five of our Ring Road adventure started off slow and leisurely. I took advantage of no one else staying at Hotel Siglunes and checked out all of the unique main floor rooms in the daylight.
One of the first things I did was sign the beautiful, handcrafted Siglunes guestbook.
Al wanted to “sleep in”. So, I popped into the bar area and admired the cool, yet functional decor. I would have loved to see this place during peak season – filled to the brim with lively guests.
Then, I swung by the “dining room” and made myself a complimentary cup of coffee before taking some time to catch up on travel journaling.
I ended up spending almost an hour enjoying my coffee and recording our explorations in my adventure journal. I paused to admire this timeworn map before making my way up to our room to wake up Al.
Before leaving Siglufjordur, we did walk around the block to the recommended cafe. Al picked up a pastry and I, an Americano, and then hit the road on our anticipated 6+ hours of car time.
The Arctic Ocean
From Siglufjordur, we continued north on Rte. 76 around the peninsula and admired the expansive, Arctic Ocean. We turned off on 75 to 744 en route to Blonduos and the Ring Road. Much of this route was unpaved and bumpy in places, however, it offered beautiful coastal views.
After making quick pitstop in Blonduos, we drove straight through (about 4 hours) to Stykkishólmur.
Stykkishólmur wasn’t originally on my list of places to stop. However, after 4 1/2 hours of driving, we needed a break. And, I was getting hungry. 🙂 We drove through town and stopped at Súgandisey, the small island at the edge of town where the ferry departs for the Westfjords, To get a better view, we climbed the hill to the lighthouse just as a ferry was taking off.
The view from the lighthouse not only offered impressive views of the bay, but it also gave me an opportunity to snap a shot of a quintessentially colorful, Icelandic town.
For lunch we popped into one of the only open places in town, Narfeyrarstofa. Like every other restaurant we had visited in Iceland, this place was charming and full of character.
After joking around with the wonderful waitress (she dared Al to try to pronounce Narfeyrarstofa), we ordered some pretty darn delicious food. I ordered moules frites and Al had the Narfeyringurinn, or house burger.
From Stykkishólmur, we continued west toward the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Our first stop was one of the most photographed places in Iceland, Kirkjufell.
Although unique and a worthwhile stop, I used the opportunity to practice my newly learned waterfall photography skills. 🙂
When we finally made it to Snæfellsnes National Park, we were greeted with intermittent showers and clouds. In fact, the clouds covered Snæfellsjokull, the park’s glacier-capped volcano and main attraction. Just our luck! 🙂
But, that didn’t stop Al and I from getting out and exploring some of Snæfellsnes’ other attractions!
In fact, we spent quite a bit of time hiking around Djupalonssandur and then to Dritvik.
Of course, Al had to test his strength using one of the “lifting stones” once used to assess a fisherman’s strength.
Our last stop of the night was Búðakirkja. A tiny black and white (I swoon!) church in the middle of a lava field. From Búðakirkja, we had planned to check out Gerduberg Cliffs, but we missed the turn off and by the time we realized our mistake, it was too dark to get out and explore. So, we continued on to our day’s destination, Borgarnes.
In Borgarnes, we opted to stay in another of the Hosteling International accommodations. Although it was technically a hostel, we selected a private double room with an attached bathroom. Considering that all types of accommodations in Iceland are pretty expensive, we felt this was a reasonable room for the price.
Al and I finished out the night snacking on leftover travel snacks (salami, gluten free bread, nuts, granola bars, etc.). And, made it fancy sipping on Scandinavian brews. 🙂
Day 5 Details
Travel: Siglufjörður to Borgarnes
Sleep: Borgarnes Hostel