Day 24: Skaftafell – Höfn

Day 24: Skaftafell – Höfn

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Day started well, with a nice warm sun-lit tent, with blue skies outside.

Skaftafell Campsite

This nice weather remained the theme of the day, with only occasional showers, becoming windy towards the end of the day.

We departed Skaftafell Campsite, with a wonderful view of Vatnajökull glacier directly behind us.

Vatnajökull Glacier

We then drove along Iceland ring road Highway 1 eastwards (anticlockwise), following the coastline, having both Öræfajökull & Breiðamerkurjökull on our left hand side.

Icebergs - Fjallsárlón

Good Reflections

We then stopped at the 2 famous “iceberg lagoons”: Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón, which are fed from the tongue of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.

Icebergs - Jökulsárlón

Icebergs - Jökulsárlón

Here, we not only experienced the wonder of icebergs at close hand, but also wildlife (e.g. Seals, Arctic Terns, Geese, Ducks).

Ducks

Seal in Jökulsárlón

The ice was crystal clear, and also nice to eat…(according to Neil)

Neil Holding Crystal Clear Ice (before eating it...)

The icebergs float downstream towards to the sea, and are commonly trapped in the river bottleneck where the road bridge crosses.

Here you could literally watch the icebergs float by you on their way out to sea, and with the river flow so high, this movement was at considerable speed.

Icebergs flowing out to sea underneath Highway 1 road bridge

We then followed this “iceberg river” to the sea, where smaller blocks of ice which have fallen off larger icebergs, become beached on the black sands.

Beached Ice Blocks on Black Sand Beach

We then drove onto our destination: Höfn í Hornafjörður where we rented a “very small” hytte for the night at the camping ground, to get away from the strong cold biting wind.

Highway 1 close to Höfn

Our "Little Hytte" in Höfn

In Höfn, we ate at the Pakkhus Restaurant, where we really enjoyed the local delicacy, Langoustine – which comes highly recommended.

Langustine Dinner - Yum-Yum !!!

 

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