Category Archives: 2018 – Summer – Tour 2

DAY 14 – TOUR 2 & DAY 6 – TOUR 3

Wednesday – Heading back towards Seyðisfjörður to drop of 2 of our party, following the eastrn fjords, calling in a beautiful village Djúpivogur.

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Follow a stunning valley route to the end, some interesting and technical driving required with an average speed of 3.5 mph over 25.5 miles.

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Goodbye to Mark & Sarah / Carl & Ann hope you all have a really good crossing it has been wonderful xx

DAY 13 – TOUR 2 & DAY 5 – TOUR 3

Tuesday – Heading back towards Seyðisfjörður to drop of 2 of our party,  we are glacier hunting today.

Svínafellsjökull from the massive ice cap Vatnajökull, there are many glacier tongues. On the south side, they form a fascinating landscape when you are driving the Ring Road in Iceland. Falling hundreds of meters in between cliffs and mountains at such a slow speed that it is impossible for the human eye to capture the movement.

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Grimsvotn – Icelanders will long remember November 5, 1996.

On that day the largest flood in living memory swept from the terminus (bottom end) of Skeidarár GlacierIcelanders call such sudden drainage events jökulhlaups, literally, “glacier bursts.” It is these that lead to mega-scale flooding with devastating consequences.

Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. Its still, blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier. The Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach.

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DAY 12 – TOUR 2 & DAY 4 – TOUR 3

After a very very windy night and lots of rain we decided that it would be better for the drivers to have a lighter driving day so we had a sightseeing day.    Monday.

I took a video at 4am this morning:

Vík í Mýrdal is a remote seafront village in south Iceland. It sits in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the Katla volcano. Reyniskirkja is a wooden church dating to 1929. Reynisfjara beach has black pebbles, basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar offshore rock formations. The cliffs of Reynisfjall mountain are home to seabirds such as puffins. Just west, the Dyrhólaey peninsula has a large rock arch.

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Skogafoss waterfall,  and Hjörleifshöfði is named after the Viking settler, Hjörleifur Hróðmarsson, the blood brother of Ingólfur Arnarson who was our first Viking settler in around 874 AD.

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DAY 11 – TOUR 2 & DAY 3 – TOUR 3

Travelling through close to:

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. The system has an area of 595 km2 (230 sq mi). The Eldgjá canyon is part of the same volcanic system.

The caldera of the Katla volcano has a diameter of 10 km (6.2 mi) and is covered with 200–700 metres (660–2,300 ft) of ice. The volcano normally erupts every 40–80 years. The flood discharge at the peak of an eruption in 1755 has been estimated at 200,000–400,000 m3/s (7.1–14.1 million cu ft/sec), comparable to the combined average discharge of the Amazon, Mississippi, Nile, and Yangtze rivers (about 266,000 m3/s (9.4 million cu ft/sec)).

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DAY 14 – TOUR 1 & DAY 8 – TOUR 2

travel to pingvellir (icelandic pronounce thing ver clif)

PINGVELLIR –  It lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – north America / Eurasian continental plates. It is at the northern end of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.  2cm per year – on average the valley floor drops a couple of centimetres but in 1789 it dropped by half a meter.

Parliament or Alþingi (“Althing” in English) was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798.  48 cheiftans 12 from each quarter of the country – pass new laws, amend old laws, pass sentence with jurors who were nominated from free farmers.

Oxarafoss  – the axe river – 20 m drop

Heading to Reykjavik for a couple of hours before dropping one of our tour back at the docks.

DAY 13 – TOUR 1 & DAY 7 – TOUR 2

Uploaded photographs on the previous days this will be updated tomorrow.

After a dry evening in Geysir we wake to rain yet again, thankfully most of the group do not have to take down the tents.

We are heading back into the interior for a day trip to Kerlingarfjoll the weather forecast is drier there at least for the start of the day.

Starting on track we are met with a road works sign and a 50km sign very funny this was the road:

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Kerlingarfjöll is a 1,477 m tall mountain range in Iceland situated in the Highlands of Iceland near the Kjölur highland road. They are part of a large tuya volcano system of 100 km².

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Then a call at gullfoss on the way back.

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