The ring road is a windy country road that meanders through mountains in certain spots. I don't like to drive on windy country roads and I'm deathly afraid of driving in mountains. The scenery was striking. It wasn't lush and green, but dramatic. The ubiquitous mountains stood proud exibiting their brown tops for all to see. Some of them even carried pine trees down below. The lakes were stunningly crisp blue. Gorgeous tiny waterfalls hid in the mountains' cracks. Up north, some mountains donned a hint of snow. We saw a range in the distance as we approached Akureyri. My heart began to thump as my jaw fell at the sight of the bluish hue of that mountain range.
Sheep and horses hung out in the brownish fields next to the ring road. At times the GPS wanted to take us off the ring road, but we stayed on route 1 until we were in Akureyri.
Akureyri is Iceland's second biggest city. It has about 17,000 people. It is a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and a lake. It has a cute vibe and a funky main street. Our "hotel" is actually a studio apartment. The apartment itself is smaller, but nicer than our place at home. The view is amazing. You can see mountains and the lake from our glass door and windows that envelope the rear of the apartment. We saw the twinkle of light emanating from the little houses perched on the mountain from the other side of the lake.
We had dinner from the lone Indian takeout restarant in town. We were startled by how accessible almost everything is. There are ramps everywhere!