um Island herum Teil 2, Gletscher und weitere Wasserfälle | the big round trip #09

um Island herum Teil 2, Gletscher und weitere Wasserfälle | the big round trip #09


It was just sunny and now rainy again, but they also say: If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 min. And it’s exactly like that, but actually it stopped already. Btw., behind me is the glacier Eyjafjallajökull, with the volcano which erupted 2010 and stopped the air traffic in Europe. And a little bit to the left we have the Mýrdalsjökull with the volcano Katla, which is overdue for quite some years already. And sometimes it’s a strange feeling, if you think about that the volcanos can erupt anytime. After I got already very close to the Eyjafjallajökull and the Mýrdalsjökull in Þórsmörk, I want to have another trip around both glaciers, by using the F261 and F210. So I get to the tracks and Esmeralda startles me right away. I just crossed the first river here, actually for several times, because I shuttled some hikers so that they can cross the river with dry feet. And I just looked underneath the car, almost just accidentally and discovered these aluminum lamellas, hanging down here. So I was really frightened, I though I damaged the radiator, but I took a look into the “help yourself guidebook”, which you really should have, tolled me, it’s just the climate capacitor. So I just cut off the loose lamellas with a scissors. It’s not leaking anyway and the actual engine radiator is fully operating. So I can continue my trip for now. There is also waterfalls beside the road. A new day, a new repair. Welcome to the live of a Defender driver! I’m cutting off the left over lamellas now. Some peaces are still stuck in there, I’m thinking about if I can tape them somehow. But they will fall out later anyway I think. But I think it’s not worth changing the whole cooler now. It’s not worth the effort and the damage is not that big. There might be 10%, maximum 20% of the lamellas lost. It’s just the air conditioning, so more of a luxury problem. A lot of you, who went to Iceland and hiked the long way to the plane wreckage will ask now how I managed to get there by car! Which is actually not possible, because the access drive is closed, for vehicles, for a good reason. Because otherwise everybody would just go there by car and I think many little rental cars got stuck there in the winter time before. Because there is no winter services or anything. And with the mass in tourism these days, the whole beach would be fully parked with cars. So now there is a big parking lot beside the ring road now and you have to walk a long way back and forth. In our case we had the permission by the owner of the land. So I know somebody, who knows somebody… We actually had to drive through the gate, to get to a certain field, next to it. But I won’t tell you now how to get there, where you can find the gate or who to talk to. The gate is locked anyway, so whoever wants to try to get there, there is no chance, you need the key! So it was probably a very unique event to see to pieces of aluminum garbage on the beach, with Esmeralda. So now I will end the day with a nice sunset. So I will go to Dyrhólaey now, which is very close to here. To look down the cliffs for example. The next days I will continue with the Reykjanes peninsula, then along the famous Golden Circle, with the geysers and big waterfalls. Then I will go north, with a stopover in the west fjords and then we’ll see, I will go on along the ring road. A waterfall in a cave! It’s so reeking of sulfur here! The only good thing is, if you fart…. nobody will realize it! A waterfall between two continents! They have strange black ducks here, but many! And they all pay a lot of money! Iceland has approx 300,000 inhabitants and they have almost ten times more tourists every year. You can see this very good at places like the geysers. to be continued…

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