03 Jul 2015

North Iceland by adamandheather

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As Heather white-knuckles our Suzuki over the mountain pass to Seyðisfjörður, we get quieter and quieter. The fog is impossibly thick, and oncoming cars appear and disappear in seconds. When the road isn't winding up a steep switchback, its sides drop off to lakes thick with ice.

This is a time for concentration.

The fjords of East Iceland are a casualty of our schedule. We don't have time for more than an overnight stay here, but we're hoping to get a glimpse of the landscape on our way through. Once we descend out of the clouds into Seyðisfjörður, we immediately resolve to return. The mountains on either side are massive and imposing, and the seaside town is picturesque, but we don't have time to linger today.

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Puffins are not graceful. They are clumsy fliers, flapping their wings in a desperate attempt to defy physics. You easily spot them in a crowd -- they're the ones that look like they're in trouble.

At the end of a long, remote road that winds around the remote fjords of the northeast is the port of Borgarfjarðurhofnvegur. The small, hilly peninsula that protects the port from the ocean houses a large puffin colony, where hundreds of the birds dart around, taking turns fishing in the sea. A set of wooden platforms have been set up for viewing, and we walk right into their midst.