Iceland Diary: South Coast II

I didn’t take a picture but we went pretty nuts on the breakfast buffet at our hotel. Fruit, danishes, breads, pickled herring, smoked trout, cheeses and tomatoes, mmmm!

A good chunk of the road looks like an alien field of mossy rocks so we pulled over to a small walkway and learned this was part of the Eldhraun lava field. The eruption was a cataclysmic event lasting from 1783 to 1784; it caused widespread crop failure around Europe and may have contributed to the French Revolution. What the what?!

Stopped at a couple roadside waterfalls including Foss á Siðu, cascading over a farm hamlet. When we were planning our trip, I hoped to see waterfalls, sheep, and horses- I can’t even count how many of those we ended up seeing!

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon- an icy blue glacial pool created by Vatnajökull’s rapid glacial melt. We kept getting excited when the harbor seals popped up. We stopped at a small trail/pull off around the corner to get another view of the lagoon where Jason serenaded the seals with Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.”

Diamond Beach!

Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon right down the road. It’s smaller than Jokulsarlon, but also less crowded which gives it a more meditative atmosphere. We saw a big chunk of an iceberg crack off here with a loud groan, like a tree falling.

Vatnajokull National Park- a relatively short uphill hike to Svartifoss (Black Falls, first two pics) with Hundafoss (Dogs’ Falls, third pic) on the way up. The types of waterfalls in Iceland are truly fantastic. This one isn’t one of the biggest, but it is the most elegant. I loved how it’s framed by geometric basalt formations.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon- I bet this canyon has been the inspiration for many high fantasy books- it is magical to look out from the ridges. The valley was formed at the end of the last ice age. More sheep at the trailhead!

Drove back to Selfoss and stayed at a different tiny cabin on a horse farm. Hahaaa- They really love horses in Iceland!

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