Iceland - day 7

Day 7 started with a short hike to Svartifoss waterfall. Very picturesque with amazing stone formations. It was much less crowded than other waterfalls, much to my liking.

Next, we visited two “tongues” of Vatnajökull glacier - Skaftafellsjokull and Svínafellsjokull. I enjoyed Svínafellsjokull better. There was even path along the ice, sometimes quite narrow but it really gave the overview of how large this glacier really is.

Svínafellsjokull from a different angle.

Next we visited beautiful, little church in Hof. Very unique. And next two photos are from a stop along road number 1.

Main point of that day was to see ice floating on water. That was one of the things I really wanted to see. We visited two lakes in close proximity to each other - Fjallsarlon and Jokulsarlon. Definitely something to see if you’re in the area.

Practically the whole day we were running from the storm. In most of the pictures you can see storm clouds on the left (coming from west while we were travelling east). Every place we stopped it seemed to catch up with us. At the end of the day we finally left it behind. Our last stop was Eskey view point.


Iceland - day 6

The night between fifth and sixth was at the most amazing camping, Thakgil (þakgil). The drive there was the most amazing part. Yellowish-green hills with nothing but grass and moss, black road and breathtaking views. We didn’t see much while going there because the weather was nasty, thick fog, a bit of rain. But we already had a feeling this is something special. While we were driving and driving on a bumpy road (supposedly only for 4x4 cars but normal vehicles got through as well) we finally arrived at the camping site which was a nice field, surrounded by hills, basically a closed arena. It was raining so we went to the cave which was a designated cooking and eating area. The evening was very nice as well, there was a big group of German tourists. They had a lot of alcohol and their own radio which they used for sing-along to old 80s disco hits. It was actually fun to sit nearby. We also talked with other campers. Really nice, fun evening. And in the morning, while we were going back to the main road, we could really see all the beautiful landscapes. Something Hobbit like, magical land.

After coming back to the main road we set course to the famous black beach near Vik. The beach was beautiful indeed but the amount of tourists was bugging me again. We weren’t there early enough to get some decent photos without them. Maybe next time…

One of the farms along the road.

Another interesting stop on our journey was Fjadrargljufur gorge. Last few kilometers before the gorge were pretty neat as well as we passed fields of yellow-green moss on the rocks. Very surreal surrioundings. The gorge itself was really magical, even in the rain that greeted us there. I hoped to be able to take a walk downstairs but the water was too high to go in in trekking shoes. So, only upstairs trail, but it was magical.

More of colour yellow followed us along the way as we were driving towards Fagrifoss waterfall. This time, 4x4 road F206 was really for 4x4 cars only. The road was pretty bumpy, with a lot of holes and one bigger stream we had to ride through. I was really hoping for a chance to do that. Boy, was I happy like a kid in a candy store. :)

Found along the way. :)

Close to our camping site at camping Svinafell, we stopped to to check our plans for tomorrow - glaciers Skaftafellsjokull and Svínafellsjokull (left and right on the photo below). This photo shows how magnificent Icelandic landscape can be. Barren land, ceiling made of clouds and possibility to see mountains far ahead due to lack of trees. Much more breathtaking to see it live.