Saturday, September 10, 2016
A mountain that sticks up far from the highway in the eastern highlands is Herdjubreidj, its base is around 1200' above sea level and its peak is over a mile high. We got nice views of it while driving for a few hours, and when we pulled over to read an information board about it there were a bunch of motorcyclists gearing up to ride in that direction on an F road.
F roads are back country dirt roads that lack bridges at river crossings among other challenges, it's illegal to drive on them unless you have a high-clearance, 4X4 vehicle. Our little compact car didn't qualify but did get over some pretty rough dirt roads. We passed on a couple that were supposedly not too bad, but the ones to the glaciers on the South Coast were a little too rough so we walked in.
The picture on the bottom is Hoffellsjokull, which like all glaciers in Iceland, is retreating rapidly. What I found really amazing was the moss growing where the glacier had covered the ground just a year or two previously.