Reykjavik to Hotel California, Vik

1st April, 2019

Iceland is big, REALLY big. Yet with a population of 348,580 and an area of 103,000 km2, it is the most sparsely populated country in Europe [1]. We would drive for hours without seeing more than one or two cars. Our first journey took us East for three days, working our way around the coast from Reykjavik, to Vik and then on to Hofn.

Jane is an amazing driver but nothing prepares you enough for the first day of driving a 4-wheel drive SUV on gravel roads in whiteout conditions.

When the blizzard cleared, we began to see how big and beautiful the coast is. This is near Þingvellir (Thingvellir), National Park. It was the site of the Alþing (Althing), Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. Iceland’s current Althing is the oldest continuous sitting legislature in the world.

It is also the site of the Thingvellir Falls.

Hotel California? Not quite but close

Not quite a on a dark desert highway but definitely with a cool wind in our hair, we arrived at the Hotel Lambafell, near Vik.

It was completely empty, no one stood in the doorway and I was thinking to myself “this could be heaven or…” until we found our key had been left for us. The place was completely deserted.

Then we found the shower, truly a piece of machinery that Dr Who would have been proud to install on the Tardis. Yes, that is a media controller and yes, that is a telephone …

Early the following morning, I sat in the lounge while it was still dark reading and praying until the sun rose. Later, the hotel staff arrived to cook us breakfast. We don’t really want to check out…

[1] Statistics Iceland. Retrieved from

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