If you are here, you have to hike a bit to see the surroundings. So I did some research and found a vigorous loop that would take me around the area and provide amazing views from above. One source recommended Suðurnámur mountain ridge and Vondugil, one of the longer hikes, but with a huge payoff. I set out early hoping to be in the views around dusk.
The first part takes you up and over several peaks with incredible vistas in every direction. Each peak seemed to be better than the last. I largely had a place to myself, only running into four other people.
About an hour into the hike, I got hit by a strong rain squall. Fortunately I had my parka with me and slipped into it. There was enough wind that I figured it would pass, and it eventually did. I talked to two hikers who said the rest of the way was sunny and clear.
The trail and its views were captivating. I lost sense of time, except for the sunset coming on brought me back. The rain had indeed passed. I started to descend to the valley below, taking care going down the slopes slick with loose gravel.
It felt good to be descending but I also missed the views from up on high. More in Part III.