Day 6 – Asbyrgi canyon

Fresh from breakfast, we headed to Husavik for our next check-in. Husavik’s most popular attraction are its whale-watching tours. However, we opted out of it, a personal choice, since I sometimes get sea-sick, and it wasn’t a huge priority during this trip.

Instead, we decided to keep it easy with just one item on our itinerary: Asbyrgi Canyon.I’ve heard lots about the canyon previously, with its many walking trails available. It’s a beautiful forested area featuring a horseshoe bend.

I think I’m not alone when I say most of us have a to-do list on trips, and feel like a need to get everything checked off, to fill our days with endless activities from day till night to get the most out of the money we’ve paid. Sightsee, eat, sleep, repeat.

However, as I travel more frequently, I’ve realised the beauty of rest, and the importance of just enjoying any country for what it is. It’s alright to take a break sometimes. Also, it’s okay if plans change, because life isn’t static, and things aren’t always gonna work out the way you expect them to, sometimes for better, and other times for worse, but it’s all about the experience.

We started out driving all the way inwards where there are easy trails and beautifully lined trees heading to the bottom of a small river inlet.

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A more popular path for hikers is to walk along the path above the Canyon, so you can oversee the Canyon. It involves walking from the tourist information center along a little path through a golf course, and climbing ropes and ladders, literally, to get to the top!

The day’s forecast was pretty cloudy as you can see, and the colors were a little dull, but it was a pretty nice hike to the viewing point and as it’s not on most tourists’ itinerary, you have the place pretty much to yourself so you can take silly photos 🙂

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As we headed back, we were stopped on the road by none other than… sheep! The farmers were herding the sheep back to the farms in preparation for winter. In Iceland, sheep and horses are mostly allowed to roam freely during certain seasons. However, as winters are harsh in Iceland and the food sources for these animals deplete then (due to the cold), they are heralded back to the farms where hay and grass are provided throughout the winter. Come spring/summer, these domesticated farm animals are then released again back into the “wild”. It was pretty cool witnessing such a massive migration! There were some funny moments when a few rebellious sheep tried to make a break for it. Too bad the farmers were too quick for them! I can only imagine what were going through these animals’ minds… “Foiled again by them pesky farmers!”

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