Two heavy vehicles pass during the night. I wake up at 4 and if I was not awake I'd soon be. The geese at the meadow start cackling and shortly after a sheep bleat constantly outside. I guess it's on the other side of the fence? Luckily it gives up and I sleep on till just before 6-
It's calm and dry. My only problem is that the müsli porridge on the cooker falls over before I've lit it. And this way I loose my last water.
But such problems have solutions in Iceland. The water in the small waterfall high up on the mountain must go somewhere? And I find the stream and have my porridge.
Now it's 8 o'clock, the bike is packed and the sun breaks through - but not for long.
|A crazy sheep hunt...||...and an ended bird hunt - lots of birds loose their lives|
It's a morning through changing landscapes. Long straight stretches. Hilly parts closer to the mountain. New glacier tongues turn up. From somewhere nearby you can go on Jeep-excursions ON the glacier.
|I just have to head for the mountains - and then go right|
Once there's a parking lot where you can climb a hill and where boards show all peaks and glacier parts. Unfortunately there's no blue sky like in the photos, the clouds are low and hide most.
|One of Skaftafells famous ancestors lived in Kaupmannahöfn (Copenhagen)|
Höfn is supposed to be on the other side of a fjord, so first the road goes by endless flat parts down to the bottom of the fjord, then through a hilly part, before a new endless straight road leads me to the other side.
Then it's just 5-10 km along the fjord. The road goes through a hilly moraene landscape in the end, which is obviously made by the glacier back in time. Höfn stays hidden by the hills till the end.
|At the end at last - now I'm looking forward to the East Fjords|
.I go to the hostel hoping to find someone who knows about available beds. I meet a cleaner of some kind (frech) and he's actually able to check with the computer that there is ONE vacant bed. I have to book it at booking.com. I do and are really shocked: More that 7.400 is.kr. more than dubble the first hostels. This is how it is on the south coast.
Now when the night is booked I go to have a look at the town. The harbour the biggest. I go to the Info center to be warmed up a bit, when you don't cycle 10 degr. isn't much. Sit outside and have lunch. Then a go around for a coffee and end up in Nettó. There's a vending machine, you buy the cup at the cash desk and cakes if you want - I do.
Sit enjoying my Peter Larsen coffee writing. Then I buy Nettó's fine müsli from COOP and two cookies for later.
Back to the hostel to see if there's a microwave and wait to check in at 16. I sit close to a el-radiator.
When I check in I can't have my 10% for being a member. It's because I've booked through booking.com, and then they have to pay them. I insist to have 10% of the normal prize but also that is out of the question.
It's a polish broad who is the manager, and it pisses me off. I can't have the owners tel.number and can only make a complaint to HI Hostel Iceland. And I'm going to do that. For the principle.