Finally managed to upload the rest of the photographs from yesterday as the internet was tethered using my phone which then ran out of battery.
The day starts with an interesting drive back across the Krossa river within Porsmork – a notoriously fast flowing river – but as we stayed at the volcano huts last night our only route out is across the river.
There are also many water crossings, we also visit Gigjokull.
We visit a seriously cool waterfall Gljufrafoss but get very wet in the process.
After a quick super market sweep we head to Kerid crater – the wind has picked up and is blowing nicely when we get to kerid.
From Kerid we head to Pingvellir where the tectonic plates are moving a part 2cm per year. Quick lava tube visit lots of snow filling the gap.
Hotel and steak house in the evening before we leave for the airport and the end to a perfect week.
The long drive back along the south to the Volcano huts in Porsmork – this promises to be an exciting special visit – somewhere we had never been before but we know the area and it is stunning.
We took photographs along the way.
The day starts with glorious sunshine and clear skies – temperature feels warm as we head back towards Vik. We stop first of all at Skaftafell to look at Svínafellsjökull this is featured in the film Batman Returns.
Went on a little adventure to see where an interesting little road went and we found a lovely secluded waterfall. (this is not off-road as it is illegal to off-road in iceland)
Lunch at Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Stjórnarfoss waterfall but along the road side we stopped a little river.
HJORLEIFSHOFDI – is a freestanding, 221 m high hyaloclastite headland on the outwash plain Myrdalssandur. According to Book of Settlements, a bay reached the foothills of this low mountain, but was filled up by the constant flood waves connected with the Katla eruptions. Now the distance between the promontory and the sea is about 1½ mile.
REYNISFJARA, REYNISFJALL OG REYNISDRANGAR – are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall 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
SELJALANDSFOSS – This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. Can you see everyone behind the waterfall?
Porsmork – named after the Norse god Thor. It is situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The glacier we visit within here is called gigjokull where the melt water from the Eyjafjallajökull washed away a lagoon. Lots of water crossings into and out of this area .
The day started with a bit of a drive to Skaftafell along the route we have to stop and put a stone on the cairn along the one for good luck on our journey, all travellers should do this the first time they pass the place. There is a beautiful view of Katla is one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland. It is situated to the north of Vík í Mýrdal and to the east of the smaller glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Its peak reaches 1,512 metres (4,961 ft) and is partially covered by the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
We stop for provisions then as we continue we watch as shower after shower of rain come across. Cape Ingolfshofdi is an isolated headland on the coast half way between Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. This historical nature reserve is home of thousands of nesting seabirds, like puffins and great skuas. The cape is named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingolfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland there in the year 874 AD.
Fjallsárlón is a glacier lake at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajökull. Stone skipping was the order of the day.
Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Playing on the ice and getting buzzed by Arctic Terns.
Starting the day with a wonderful breakfast at the Gullfoss Hotel, then visiting an amazing waterfall Gullfoss waterfall (golden falls).
Heading towards the south we stop at an area where they do rafting along the Hvítá river.
We stop at another waterfall Urriðafoss is a waterfall located in the river Þjórsá in southwest Iceland. In the early days of power companies plans were to build a power plant in Urriðafoss and make a railway to Reykjavík from the waterfall.
After a short bakery stop we head to the Eyjafjallajökull centre which is run by the people that were in the farm in all of the news articles when it erupted n 2010.
Followed by yet another waterfall Skogafoss where we all tried to get very close and got soaked.
The glacier snout Solheimajokull is the southwestern outlet of the Myrdalsjokullicecap. It is about 8 km long and 1-2 km wide. River Jokulsa discharges it, and is sometimes called “The Stinking River” because of its emission of sulphuric acid from sub-glacial high temperature areas.
We end the day with a dip in the amazing pool in the mountains.
Trialling the new webcam was not very successful, initially it had trouble seeing the webcam, then it was too bright so installed some new software, the computer then needed to restart but then had 114 updates it wanted to do. When I finally got the camera working still very bright it kept loosing signal. Will try again tomorrow.
During the day today we went to the remote first geothermal swimming pool along the south coast very beautiful setting.
We went about 600 m up into the snow line above seljalandafoss, then went into Porsmork.
We stopped at a beautiful waterfall Uddifoss there is an amazing amount of blue water flowing over this waterfall.
Travelling back from Vik to the golden circle area – so a quick visit to the cave we could not get to the previous night due to snow. Hjörleifshöfði is a 221 meter high headland made of tuff. For a long time after the last ice age it was an island but by the time of the settlement it was an isthmus on the side of a fjord. Now it lies more than two kilometers from the sea.
As we drive away from here we see Mýrdalsjökull is the fourth largest glacier in Iceland and covers an area of 590 km2. Under the four to seven hundred meter thick glacier lies the Katla Volcano.
As we head towards Hjalparfoss (“HYAL-par-foss”; meaning the “helping falls”) the scenery is stunning.
After a lovely snowy drive we head to Kerid in the golden circle area
Final area to visit is Pingvellir lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is at the northern end of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Parliament or Alþingi was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798.