Day 5: South bound
The journey along the ring road is full of surprises. Following a stream through the Berufjordur fjord revealed a massive glacier-carved valley (Folaldafoss waterfall in the distance). Driving through this valley was another whoa moment. Now that I think about it, Greenland and Iceland should have a name swap. Better yet, Iceland should be called Volcanoland since there are so many volcanoes and lava fields.
Once we reached the lobster capital of Iceland, Hofn, it was time to get lobster crazy. At the Lobster House, Humarhofnin, we all stuffed ourselves with lobster soup, lobster pizza, and plates full of juicy langostines.
Going further along the ring road revealed glimpses of several glacier tongues (30 outlet glaciers total) flowing from Vatnajokull (Glacier of Rivers). Vatnajokull covers 8% of the country; it’s pretty big. Under this massive ice cap, there are several volcanoes. The last glacial lake outburst flood occurred in 1996 and caused some serious damage.
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is located toward the south-east portion of Vatnajokull. It developed into a lake after the Breidamerkurjokull outlet glacier started receding. Two James Bond films, Tomb Raider, and Batman Begins had scenes at Jokulsarlon.
The 30 minute boat ride through the glacier lagoon was another highlight of this trip. Hunting for photos of juicy blue ice blocks was much easier than whale watching for sure.
One of the tour operators scooped out a big glacier piece which was then broken into bite size pieces for everyone to taste. You know what? It tasted like ice.
We made sure to get our hands on some glacier before leaving. The last one was a frozen miniature viking ship.
Hotel Skaftafell is just a few miles away from Skaftafell National Park. Hvannadalshnjukur (highest peak in Iceland 6,952 ft) and 2 outlet glaciers are right behind the hotel. With hiking paths everywhere, how could anyone resist a late night walk?
The following day was my most epic run session of the year.
TO BE CONTINUED…