Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Iceland Day 3 - Jökulsarlon and Skaftafell

You can't go to Iceland and not go seeking ice. Vast quantities of ice, even in late May.  We drove four and a half hours westward along the ring road.   Two glacier formations are visible along the drive, just north of the ring road - Mýrdalsjökull and the impressively large Vatnajökull.   Jökulsarlon is a lagoon of icebergs formed form the calving Vatnajökull

 On the way back to Reykjavik, we detoured to Skaftafell National Park for an easy two-hour trek to Svartifoss, the black waterfall. It was a gorgeous hike. The scenery, full of lush, budding trees, was unlike anything we had since in Iceland, which had been otherworldly outcropping of black lava covered in thick carpets of green moss.  Of course, as soon as we started, it started raining. A nice steady drizzle for over an hour. The second part of our hike though, was in beautiful spring sunshine.

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On the long drive back to Reykjavik, we stopped in Kirkjubæjarklaustur for dinner. We totally lucked out and had an amazing meal at incredibly reasonable prices. I would highly recommend Systrakaffi for anyone traveling the ring road.

I did make a serous mistake in our itinerary.  I planned on day outings, with evening in Reykjavik. This is insane when you're trying to drive 760 km in one day, and stop and see things, and hike.  So far we've gotten back to Reykjavik too late and too exhausted to do anything. It would have been much wiser for me to end our day touring the Golden Circle in Vik, do Jökulsarlon the next day, Vik the third day, then head into Reykjavik for the rest of the week.


  1. Gretchen, those waterfall pics are amazing! Such breathtakingly gorgeous landscapes!!

  2. I'm enjoying these posts of pictures - you are very good with a camera!