Hawkes Bay NZ Water trail

Sunday, July 24, 2016

7pm on the drive out

The bus dropped hikers at various points on the way back to Reykjavik. This is a camping and hut site called Landmannahellir. We forded several streams on the volcanic gravel road, and it was bumpy going both directions. Worth the price of admission as this is a unique place.

The 2 guys we passed in the tour bus make it

Unpronounceable

Hiking down in the rain

Apparently in the clouds beyond the braided river valley is Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that blew up in 2010.

From the first cairn 2395 ft

It's a climb of just over 400 feet to this point.

Touring Cyclist

One of the 6 or so cyclists camped here. It's a crazy scenic route in, and you need a seriously tough bike with 28 inch knobblies. My 700cc wheels would sink in this "road" surface.

62 km of a lava dirt road

The Reykjavik Excursions bus ahead of mine (TREX). I took the 7:45am bus from Reykjavik Campsite and it was a milk run, not arriving until after noon. My Hikers Bus Pass cost ISK 12400, or about $100. Cheaper than RE.