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A technicolor music road trip Oct 19, 2009

Posted by herraheri in Herra the Heri.

As everyone knows, beginning of October is just the perfect time for some fancy camping in Iceland: The first snow is covering most of the country, you easily reach some minus temperatures in the night and the roads are in poor condition. Four of us took the opportunity and headed to the Westfjords with a ridicolously big, automatic Ford 4 wheel drive. Our contribution to climate change in numbers: 13 litres/100 km. As we had limited time, our 3-day holiday was the classic road trip in perfection: driving up and down approximately 50 fjords every day, we listened to the same CDs some 20 times, eating fast food and drinking coffee from time to time. As if driving snowcovered roads through snowcovered, glacially shaped volcanic layers in the most remote part of Iceland wouldn’t be enough, we actually had some touristic highlights planned. 1) bathing in a natural hot pot for at least for hours in Drangsnes, an almost abandoned town in the eastern westfjords. 2) bathing in a natural hot pot for at least for hours in Bránslaekur (where, btw, Iceland’s oldest fossils were found – you should be amazed! 2g4u). 3) Visit the westernmost part of Europe, Látrabjarg and do some kite flying there. We managed part 1) almost too successfully, so that a huge cat sat in my brain the next day trying to disembowel my brain. Part 2) was cancelled due to too cold water in the pool (less than 40 degrees is inacceptable.) The third mission was more or less accomplished again, even though the kite was freeing himself after 1/10s because of the little snowstorm which took place (Video will follow!). On our way home, we felt that we should listen to our CDs a couple of times more and made a detour to Surtshellir, the biggest lava caves in Iceland, located in an ancient lava flow (2km long, 700m deep).

See some pictures of the Westfjords, decorated with (more or less) fitting Icelandic music:


In front of this church on the way to Holmavík, Slash would most probably have had a great time playing guitar. The dramatic October Snow feeling could optionally be enhanced by the flickering motel light of the curch’s cross. This band would rather play on the graveyard in the neighbourhood: http://www.myspace.com/foraminorreflection

IMG_2532On the way to the hot pot: Picturesque roads plus frozen waterfalls and lava-burnt and -covered wood. http://www.myspace.com/mugison

IMG_2546The place to be: (almost) natural hot pots in Drangsnes. Some Icelandic raggae with it, for the true chillout experience? http://www.myspace.com/hjalmarmusic

IMG_2585Our pimp-car (icelandic hoes are in the moment sleeping in the trunk): http://www.myspace.com/mightyjukebox

IMG_2583IMG_2573IMG_2587IMG_2596The valley of Thingeyri – By taking these pictures I almost lost my fingers because of the clanking cold.

IMG_2625The westernmost part of Europe covered in snow. Maybe Creed would be a good choice, but this one also has rock-shot qualities: http://www.myspace.com/dikta


IMG_2633On the way back: Some good big band funk music too lift up the mood again! http://www.myspace.com/samminammi

IMG_2672IMG_2687IMG_2683Surtshellir with ice stalagmites – amazing and slippery. http://www.myspace.com/olafurarnalds

IMG_2697IMG_2695Back in Reykjavík, it was the Októberfest – finally back in “civilization”! Actually, they did a pretty good job pretending to be the real Wiesn. Maybe a little bit too good for my feeling. I played there a stunning gig with Lúðrasveit verkalýðsins, which is basically a communistic Musikverein (we played many of my favourite marches: Halt’s euch zamm, die fidelen Trompeter etc.) But this communist musikverein also plays other stuff: http://www.vimeo.com/3566584

In this sense: Hoch die Tassen! Hope you are all doing fine. Cheerio!


1. Andy - Oct 20, 2009


2. freyjathoroddsen - Oct 28, 2009

The Vestfirðir are awesome. I haven’t been there since August (even longer since I’ve been to Drangsnes and Ísafjörður and these parts), so I really envy you!

Mjög fallegar myndir sem þú tókst 🙂

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