Category Archives: 2017 – Tour 2

Day 14 – tour 2 & Day 8 – tour 3 – Thursday

ūüôĀ today we say goodbye to one of our group, dropping them at the docks and airport. ¬†One couple are going horse riding whilst everyone else is sightseeing.

Before anyone leaves we visit Pingvellir where the tectonic plates are moving apart and where the first parliament was formed.

Our over night stop had a little bit of earth movement last night.

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Some in our group felt the earth move last night exciting

Day 6 – tour 2 – Wednesday

Wet and windy start to the day cannot see where the glaciers were yesterday but looks clearer to the East.

Heading East to Egilsstadir to meet the ferry where we will pick up 3 vehicles, this does not mean that there is nothing to see.

Eastern Fjords

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Waterfalls and mountain passes

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Day 5 – tour 2 – Tuesday

Glacier day but the weather forecast is not good heavy rain and winds, fingers crossed we can just stay ahead of the weather.

Visibility was good not brilliant but enough for skaftafell and svinafell from the batman begins film, but the cloud was lower for jokulsarlon.

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we saw a reindeer on the way to Hofn

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18:20 the rains came down at least we had managed to be ahead of them all day.

Day 4 – tour 2 – Monday

Lovely start to the day – today is Laki & Lakagigar day.

Wonderful weather all day.

The system erupted violently over an eight-month period between June 1783 and February 1784 from the Laki fissure and the adjoining volcano Gr√≠msv√∂tn, pouring out an estimated 42 billion tons 14¬†km3 (3.4¬†cu¬†mi) of basal¬†lava and clouds of poisonous hydrofluric acid¬†and sulfur dioxide¬†compounds that contaminated the soil, leading to the death of over 50% of Iceland’s livestock population, and the destruction of the vast majority of all crops. This led to a famine¬†which then killed approximately 25% of the island’s human population.¬†The lava flows also destroyed 20 villages.

Lunch with a view

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Lakagigar – laki craters

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interesting drive around

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beautiful blue crater

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drive out

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