This was the day I’d been waiting for – we were off on a tour of the south coast, en route to the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. A 2 day trip, so we packed our bag and headed out.
Our guide (Seinthor Olafsson) was the best of the trip, he made a lot of stops to stretch our legs and take pictures, kept us entertained with his stories and managed to throw in a few “extra” sites for us.
Our first stop was Seljalandsfoss, a 60m high waterfall. In the summer you can walk in behind the falls, but it was too icy for that when we were there.
En route to our next stop, we stopped at the entrance to one of the oldest working farms in Iceland. Behind it is Eyjafjallajokull, one of the smallest ice caps in the country. What makes this one special is that it covers the caldera of the volcano that erupted in April 2010, sending ash into the sky and disrupting air travel all over Europe.
Our first official stop was Skogarfoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. At 60m (200ft) high and 25m (82ft) wide, it’s pretty impressive. They that because of the amount of spray, you’ll usually see a rainbow on a sunny day, and it did not disappoint.
Our next stop was a “bonus” stop – the basalt stacks at Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey. Simply stunning.
Next was the village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, for a late lunch and views of Dyrholaey from the other side. It was so windy I was being pelted with black sand, but I couldn’t resist taking pictures, it was too beautiful.
We arrived at our hotel in Hofn after dark, tired but happy. Everyone was hoping that the Northern Lights would make an appearance that night…