We got up early the next morning to start our busy day! It’s amazing how the terrain changes so quickly in this country. On our way to our destination I was able to take these photos from the car while we were driving.
Volcanoes and glaciers!
Our next stop was Jokulsarlon, which is a lake full of icebergs that have broken off from a glacier.
Then we went on a 2.5 hour glacier walk on Svinafellsjokull Glacier Tongue in Skaftafell National Park. We booked the glacier hike through Icelandic Mountain Guides while we were in Reykjavik. Our tour was the Blue Ice Experience tour, which was 6500 kr (~$52).
We learned on to put on crampons and all about glaciers. It was actually a bit scary to hear about how dangerous glaciers are.
Glacier walk on Svinafellsjokull Glacier Tongue in Skaftafell National Park
After our glacier walk, we continued driving west and made a few stops along the way. Our first stop was Reynisdrangar in Vik, which is a row of spikey basalt sea stalks in the ocean. Legend states that it was formed when 2 trolls were unable to land their three masted ship before dawn and turned to stone.
Our next stop was Skogafoss, which is a waterfall visible from the Ring Road.
Then, we stopped at Seljalandsfoss which is a pretty neat waterfall because you can walk behind the waterfall. Word of warning though, you will get wet and the steps leading to the top are wet and slippery.
Our last stop was our hostel, Fljótsdalur. Fljotsdalur hostel is a turf-roofed former farmhouse over 100 years old at the foot of the volcano/glacier that erupted 2 years ago, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. There is a great view of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull from the hostel. This a very simple hostel with dormitory style rooms and no indoor shower. You also need to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up to the house. I was looking forward to staying at this charming hostel. When we arrived, we realized that the house was going through a renovation. So what we expected was this:
And what we saw was this:
I was a little disappointed by the renovation, but the hostel was clean and charming. And there was a large common room for all the hostel guests to hang out in. It was so much fun to have dinner with everyone and hear about their adventures.
Fljotsdalur hostel room
Fljotsdalur hostel common room
View of Eyjafjallajökull from the hostel
It was a great end to our last full day in Iceland!