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July 24, 2015

Two Weeks in Iceland, Day 5: Stöðvarfjörður, Egilsstaðir & Seyðisfjörður

We woke up to gloomy, rainy weather at Hoffell so we weren't able to get a good view of the Vatnajökull glacier (Iceland's largest icecap) that is usually viewable from the hotel windows. We set off in the car with a soundtrack of Sigur Ros, Bjork, Of Monsters & Men. Luckily the further we got away from the glaciers, the better the weather became and our joy at seeing the sun again was immense.

Incredible scenery dominated the drive: snowcapped mountains all around and green grass as we headed into the beautiful East Fjords. A quick stop over at Djúpivogur, and then at Stöðvarfjörður for Petra's Mineral Collection. The treasure-chest of mineral rocks and the story of Petra's dedication to her hobby were very impressive.

Back in the car for some more scenic driving in the sunshine, encounters with roadside rams and horses, and before long we were in Egilsstaðir - the commercial capital of the East. 

Wanting to waste not a minute of the glorious sunny weather, we headed out again to nearby Seyðisfjörður - a steep climb over a snowy mountain pass and then down into the valley "Walter Mitty" style. Unable to resist the opportunity to play in some snow (on our "summer vacation") we pulled over on the side of the road for a little look. 

Seyðisfjörður may take the title of my favourite town in Iceland - it was storybook perfection with multicoloured houses around the harbour and a backdrop of snowy mountains.

After a wander around town we enjoyed BBQ lamb and a local cider for dinner.

Back at our accommodation in Egilsstaðir we checked in and dropped off our things before a bright night-time swim at the local pool.

To be continued

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