Follow my wife and me on a 3-week trip of Iceland.

Day 19 in Iceland: From Nyidalur To Askja (123km)

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun

From Nyidalur we took the F910 and the road got rough and our speed dropped. Driving 123 km took 7 hours! 

However the environment was stunningly beautiful and desolate. We only met 2 cars driving the opposite direction. Mobile phone was out of network.

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun

The tracks lead us over all types of lava. On the rope lava, my wife was spotting the marker sticks, while I was trying hard to avoid the largest holes. We had to drive all day in low gear and even at some places in first or second gear - walking is faster, to avoid damage!

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun

The Holuhraun is a fresh lava field, and the black glass lava looked like black snow. And driving felt as if I was driving in snow too, I had to keep some speed and steering was not possible, it was like driving on rails. 

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun

At our destination, in Askja Drekagil, we finally encountered many 4x4 campers.

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun

Day 19 of 3 Week Iceland Trip: Driving Holuhraun