ICELAND-LAND OF FIRE, ICE AND LUPINES. PART 4 THE SOUTH

After our four days at Bragdavellir Cottages it was time to move on to Vik on the south coast of the Island. We had an early start as we had a few stops planned on the way, the first being at Höfn, famous for its  scenic views of Vatnajökull (the largest ice cap in Europe by volume). Unfortunately as you will see below clouds somewhat interfered with the view.

View from Hofn. Not as peaceful as it looks as I was being dive bombed by Artic Turns
View from Hofn. Not as peaceful as it looks as I was being dive bombed by Arctic Turns
A bit further along the coast but still cloudy
A bit further along the coast but still cloudy

Our main stopping point on the way to Vik was Jökulsárlón or as it is more commonly called, and more easily pronounced, Glacier Lagoon. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. As you can see below its pretty spectacular and you can have a boat tour to get a closer look.

Glacier Lake
Glacier Lagoon

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The black bands are ash from earlier volcanic eruptions, they are vertical as the iceblock has fallen over
The black bands are ash from earlier volcanic eruptions, they are vertical as the iceblock has fallen over
Here comes "The Boat"
Here comes “The Boat”

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You need to wrap up well!
You need to wrap up well!
Each boat is followed by a zodiac, presumably in case a rescue is needed.
Each boat is followed by a zodiac, presumably in case a rescue is needed.

Next stop was a wander to the foot of the Skaftafellsjökull glacier in the Skaftafell National Park.

IMG_9019IMG_9023IMG_9024And finally on to Vik to pick up some supplies before heading on another 10k to our cabin, making a journey of over 360k for the day. We stayed at Mid Hvoll Cottages

Our route
Our route
Mid Hvoll Cottages near Vik
Mid Hvoll Cottages near Vik
Inside the cottage
Inside the cottage
The view behind the cottage, taken as we were leaving when the sun finally shone!
The view behind the cottage, taken as we were leaving when the sun finally shone!

We stayed here for three nights and had some fine walks around the area.

Vik and lupines
Vik and lupines
Vik, and more lupines
Vik, and more lupines
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A closer look at the church at Vik among more lupines
View from the beach at Vik
View from the beach at Vik
"The Trolls" as seen from Reynisdrangar between our cottage and Vik
“The Trolls” as seen from Reynisdrangar between our cottage and Vik

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The volcanic ash beach at Reynisdrangar
Coastal view from Dryholaey, a bird sanctuary. Good views of puffins which will feature in a later blog on the wildlife we saw on Iceland
Coastal view from Dryholaey, a bird sanctuary. Good views of puffins which will feature in a later blog on the wildlife we saw on Iceland
Me on
Me on Hjorleifshofdi a 221m outcrop east of Vik
Sian on Hjorleifshofdi
Sian on Hjorleifshofdi
The view from Hjorleifshofdi
The view from Hjorleifshofdi
Sian on Reynir, a hill above Vik. They do like a big cairn on Iceland
Sian on Reynir, a hill above Vik. They do like a big cairn on Iceland
Looking down on Reynisdrangar from Reynir
Looking down on Reynisdrangar from Reynir
Vik from the path up Reynir
Vik from the path up Reynir

After our three days in Vik we were off to the bright lights of Iceland’s capital city Reykavik but not before two more stops on the south of the island. Firstly the spectacular Skógafoss waterfall.The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft).

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Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skógafoss

You can walk up to the top of the waterfall and carry on for many miles into the island. The scenery looked spectacular and we would have loved to have had the time to hike further than the couple of miles that we did.

More waterfalls above Skógafoss
More waterfalls above Skógafoss
Spectacular scenery above Skógafoss. The lower slopes of Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano can be seen
Spectacular scenery above Skógafoss. The lower slopes of Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano can be seen
A phone panorama of the view above Skógafoss
A phone panorama of the view above Skógafoss

We then moved on to a view of Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in 2010 and caused havoc with planes across Europe being grounded for days. The farm in the picture below was covered in thick ash during the volcano and the people from the farm are featured in an excellent film about the eruption showing in the visitors centre.

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