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 5

5th day.. First stop - Solheimajokull glacier. Very dirty one, not so picturesque. One good thing - you can walk up to the ice sheet, there are no huge water tanks or other obstacles. The road leading towards it was very nice.

Next stop - one of the places I really wanted to visit - the wreckage of US Navy DC plane. It’s well known but I guess not everyone wants to walk 4 km from the parking (or something that serves it’s role) and then 4km back to the car. Few years earlier it was possible to drive all the way (or almost all the way) to the plane but since then owners of the fields, between road no 1 and crash site, closed it to vehicles. The plane itself crashed on the beach in 1973 due to fuel problems and is lying there to this day. Of course it had been stripped of most important machine parts. The beach sand is dark brown / black which makes for really neat effect. Unfortunately for us a storm was coming (can be seen on one photo) and therefore we had to walk last 2km back to the car in the rain.

All soaked wet we rode to Kirkufjara beach. There we waited for a while in the car for the rain to stop and visited this lovely black beach. We had our first encounter with Puffins although they were not easily accessible for photos. I would love to go back to this place but in nicer weather.