Ásbyrgi, Iceland

An Angel Took Me to ÁSBYRGI

Forrest Mallard

I MADE IT TO ÁSBYRGI! But it wasn’t due to the hitchhiking lessons from the day before.

Somehow, This All Worked Out

I slept extra long because:
(1) because my down-feather sleeping bag is beyond comfy, and
(2) I didn’t want to wake up and have to deal with hitchhiking.

I went to the store and bought a $10 thick marker that I will be using for the rest of my trip to make cardboard signs to hold while I am putting my thumb out.

While I was at the information center, a lady that heard my sad story yesterday approached me and asked if I was the one trying to get to Dettifoss yesterday. She said I could ride with her as she was going today, so I figured I would get to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and then hitchhike the rest of the way to Ásbyrgi, which is much farther north and much more remote.

A Hitchhiking Miracle

So we had a great chat the entire ride to Dettifoss, except, we never saw the sign to turn off to Dettifoss, and we just kept driving. Before we knew it she had driven me 40 additional km, all the way to where I had actually wanted to go, ÁSBYRGI!! This is such an absolutely crazy thing to have happened. I know for certain that this 3-day hike through this magnificent canyon is going to be one of the major highlights of my trip, which is why I was kind of sad yesterday that I might miss it, but today the universe just made it happen.

I am always so eager to jump online and tell everyone about every little thing happening on my trip, it is one of the reasons why I know my blog is going to be so extraordinarily successful when it is fully up and running. But for the next 3 days, I’ll be deep in nature in a massive canyon, and there will be no wifi.

Tonight I camp at the start of the trail in Ásbyrgi.
Tomorrow night I will camp in the canyon.
The 3rd night I will camp at the base of the all-powerful Dettifoss.

When I am back online I am hoping to have some exceptional photos from the hike to post. I honestly don’t think you will believe them when you see them. 🙂

Iceland Bucket List

I have 7 key areas I want to hit on my Iceland tour.

(1) Eastern Fjords (done.. also going back before I get on the boat)
(2) Jökulsárgljúfur National Park (where I am now)
(3) Mývatn Lake (going back to fully explore)
(4) Western Fjords
(5) Snæfellsnes Peninsula
(6) Reykjavik and Vicinity
(7) Landmannalaugar Highlands (epic trekking)
(8) Vatnajökull (largest glacier in Europe) and Jökulsárlón (glacial lake)

There are SO MANY other things I want to see here, but if I can get to these 7 areas, and explore a bit (and of course take lots of photos), I will be SO HAPPY, and so far have hit my first three in a row.

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