Today I continued heading east. The first stop on the route was a gorge, called Fjaðrárgljúfur. It’s located just a mile or so off the ring road so was easy to find. A path leads you along the top of one side, and looking back from the end makes for an impressive view.
On my way back to the main road, I passed a couple of Iceland horses (they’re very common, and I’ve passed quite a few “rent-a-horse” farms!)
Back on the road, I continued through more lava fields, then some fields (with sheep all marching in a line- seems suspicious)
Then more lava fields with dramatic mountains at the edge (the one below being Lómagnúpur, some 688 metres high)
I then ended up at Skaftafell, a national park flanked by glaciers. There’s a whole bunch of hikes here, I did one that first took me up to a lookout point over one of the glaciers, then looped back round past Svartifoss waterfall. The lava columns around the waterfall (similar to Giants Causeway) inspired the design of Reykjavik church.
Once I was done at Skaftafell I filled up (both the car and myself), before continuing east. I was heading towards the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, but there is another smaller one just before you get to it- Fjallsárlón.
I had time to spare so looked here first:
At Jökulsárlón I first went to the beach. Icebergs that break off the glacier into the lagoon head out to sea via a small river (the main Route 1 crosses this) before getting washed back up onto the black sand beach.
I then went back over the road to the lake-side for a look around – it’s pretty impressive (and has been used in several movies including a couple of Bond ones). I also saw a seal but he’d vanished by the time I switched to my longer lens 🙁
Jökulsárlón is popular with photographers:
And you can see why…
Once the sun dropped behind the thicker clouds, I continued the final few km to my overnight stop. After grabbing dinner in a nearby restaurant, I drove back up to the lake as the sky had cleared. A band of light was visible in the sky, and the eastern end brightened for a while. Not a spectacular display (more grey to eye, rather than green), but came out ok on camera.