In the previous post of circling Iceland, we explored the natural wonders of the west, the north, and the east. In this post, we will focus on sights in southern Iceland, and with that, complete our road trip along the Ring Road. We’re in east Iceland right now, heading south. It’s a beautiful day. We got a lot to do. Let’s go. Jokulsarlon is the largest glacier in Iceland. And this glacier we are at here is one of the best spots to come for sunrise or sunset. It’s just incredible. It’s cold out here, but it’s beautiful. To see the glacier up close we partnered up with a local family-run glacier-guiding company called Local Guide, who invited us to one of their ice cave tours at the glacier of Skaftafellsjokull. Alright, so we made it to the spot. We’re right next to the Skaftafellsjokull glacier with our little tour group over here. We’re just getting prepared and then we’re heading off to the ice cave. Skaftafellsjokull is the spur of the Vatnajokull ice cap with an area of, square kilometers.
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Skaftafellsjokull is the largest ice cap in Europe, by volume and the second largest in area. It is located in the southeast of the island, covering more than eight percent of the country. We’re about to head down into this ice cave. We have a crazy, crazy, big glacier right in front of us. We’re gonna head down here, do a little abseiling, check it out. The belly of the beast, come on. We drove past a little bit the very famous glacier lagoon and then we found this little guy here. Pretty cool spot and less people. After the glacier, it’s finally time to see another one. So we’re here to hike to Svartifoss waterfall Svartifoss. Two kiometer hike. minutes, minutes loop. We can maybe do that in. If we hurry. The Svartifoss surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name, The Black Falls. Trying to find our next home away. And, we have instructions here. It’s like follow this road and then search for an exit road then search for blue sign. Yeah, it’s kind of a mission, in the dark. It’s all gravel roads. I think we made it. (door opening) All right, that’s it. We have a movie night here. Oh, whoa ho ho! Nice.
It is early in the morning and we just had a little drive from our cottage to go to one of the very picturesque hot springs in that area. It’s up that valley, a little hike. Let’s do that. So we made it to the hot springs. It’s called Seljavallalaug and Gareth is about the jump in. That is refreshing. The canyon we are hiking up now is about two million years old and it’s called the Fjaorargljufur Canyon. And got very popular because Justin Beiber shot his music post I’ll Show You, right here. So, it’s now on me to show you. The canyon with the Fjaoarjljufur River flowing through it is up to meters deep. It was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers through the rocks and palagonite over a millennium. If you want to walk all the way up, it’s about two kilometers. And what a picturesque canyon that is. On the way back to Vik, we spotted that waterfall right here, which is not famous at all . So we thought we’d just stop by and take some little pictures over here. Another night time adventure. We just hiked about four kilometers to the very famous plane wreck, which can be found on a black sandy beach, close to Vik. The story behind it is that in, an American military plane had severe icing and was forced to land here.
But, luckily enough, nobody was killed. Today, the plane wreck is still here and it’s a very popular location for photographers.
Good Morning, from our home away. We’re having breakfast. Gareth is preparing, what are you preparing? Good Morning. This is an old family recipe. My mother used to call it birds in a nest. You take a nice regular piece of bread, like this and you take out the middle, like this, and we fill it with egg and we have a nice little breakfast treat. Let’s eat. (egg sizzling) Just like mom used to make. Seljalandsfoss is our next stop and it looks like the word is out about Iceland. Seljalandsfoss drops meters and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in a volcano glacier Eyjafjallajokull. The special thing about this waterfall is that visitors can walk behind the falls, into a small cave. We are now in the Reynisfjara, which is a black beach where you can see some pretty cool rock formations out in the ocean. It’s right next to Vik. The Basalt Sea Stacks are named Reynisdrangar. Legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls dragged a three masted ship to land, unsuccessfully and when daylight broke, they became needles of rock. Maybe they were more lucky with the weather than us. The great thing to do when you have a rainy day is, of course, visit another waterfall . This is the Strogafaus, a very picturesque waterfall because you can just stand in front of it like Gareth is doing here, over there. Makes up for a good picture. This is it from the Ring road. We are now heading to Reykjavik to do the Golden Circle, to do more adventures in and around Reykjavik. Make sure to check out Gareth’s blog, as well and come and comment and check out my guys if you want to travel Iceland yourself. See ya next time, bye, bye.
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