|Myvatn Forested Pennisula|
So where's the Iceland conifers? There's only one native Icelandic conifer and that's the juniper (Juniperus communis). I'm embarressed to say that on my observation science journey, I never found it. However, the Icelanders have put the Juniper to good use, they make a great gin (VOR).
Further down the road we found and scaled the Haverfjall Crater. It's a classic black cone volcano (technically a tephra cone) with a two mile circumference rim trail and it's 3,300 feet in diameter. It looked like moonscape!
We traveled through the barren and lonely Jokuladasheidi. It's a desert - a weird and eerie stretch of Hwy 1, something out of the "Lord of the Rings." Luckily, no sight of Orcs or Ringwraiths.
Total miles traveled: 260 miles