Arnarfjörður (Eagle fjord) 16-17 august
I left Reykjavik late Friday night heading for Stykkishólmur where I was to stay with a friend overnight as the ferry for Brjánslækur (across Breiðafjörður) was to leave at 9.00 Saturday morning, this weekend everyone at Stykkishólmur was celebrating Danish days as the town was established by Danish business men few centuries ago, BBQ in almost every street and Danish flags and slangs could be found all over the place. Ferry left on time and first stop was Flatey for few minutes and just before noone arrived at Bjránslækur and drove over mountain until arrived at Bíldudalur where Sveinki (on here) met me at the harbour. We sailed across the bay to Krosseyri where he owes big land and mountain..... and only way to get there is by boat. We arrived after few minutes trip and Kolla his wife came down to the shore welcoming us, as well where there relatives to Sveinki and Kolla each with their daughter.
After sightseeing tours of the facilities and its neighborhoud we took the ladies to nearby open swimming pool which is heated up by natural hot spring, we got onshore and left them while we took cruise to nearby fjords to me it was adventure exploring all the different fjords and different weather in each one, wind could be blowing from different directions and could be differently of strength so suddenly you got big wind blowing and taking you boat 5 - 10 degrees aside.
Also notiseable was each fjord has differents beaches/shores one had small cliffs, another sandy beach, third shell sand and next one could have mixture of sand and small stones did not go to all of the fjords but also which was breathtaking was the high mountains straight to the sea and how different they are in shape and structure.
As we got back after picking up the ladies we sat front of the house looking across the bay into three different fjords, after great dinner lots of talking about everything and nothing.
Sleeping in a tent was something totally new to me as in my childhood my parents bought one of the first tent trailers imported to Iceland and since that I have been traveling in trailer tent and later folding camper, so about time to try something new and different, sleeping in a tent was OK, however total silence and lack of fluorescent (street lights) was a bit more difficult to get used to so was waking up few times listening for some sounds but the only sound was the sea breaking on the coastline. However slept very well though and slept for 10 hours, which is something I am not used to 4-5 hours tops is more regular to me.
Sunday morning came up and we got ready to pack down as the summer season for Sveinki and Kolla was to come to an end this year, so we took the tents down, furniture where secured and stored and the RIB loaded with stuff and people, on the way out all the ladies wanted to do final berry picking (blueberries and blackberries) on got spot which was at the beginning of their land, I and Sveinki we crossed the bay to Bíldudalur where we got the stuff into cars and nearby house which belong to a friend of Sveinki. We walked around the town and got ourselves coffee and muffin before cruising out the main fjord looking further at amazing difference in the nature of this area before we picked up the ladies which had picked up loads of berries.
The boat was taken ashore and we drove the main route via Patreksfjörður enroute to Brjánslækur where we took the ferry back to Stykkishólmur and back on the road to Reykjavík.
Although I am native Icelander I must say and admit that I have traveled far more in UK (only Cornwall missing) I am to realise that our country do offer lot of things, like Willks (on here) said he found it strange showing us picture of Iceland to Icelanders and that in Ireland...... something we should have explored ourselves.
It is for sure that next summer my intention is to have my new 7.5 metre RIB up and running and will cruise from Reykjavik to Bíldudalur next summer.
I want to use this oportunity to thank Sveinki and Kolla for their extreme hospitality and look forward exploring Arnarfjörður further next summer.