May Fly-Drive starts 25th May 2015
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.
Day 6 heading back to vik, we stop at Jokulsarlon which was full of ice in total contrast to our previous visit a few days previous.
We stopped a another glacier for hot chocolate and Icelandic doughnuts. Drove to Svinafell which had been covered with a fresh coating of snow, then visited the skaftafell visitors centre. We stopped at a river with many little waterfalls.
The driving conditions deteriorated we were suppose to be stopping at a cave but after several white outs whilst driving along we decided to head to the hotel.
Day 3 – beach day and snowy day, snow storm at the glacier, evening waterfall and lovely meal.
Reynisdrangar are giant pillars of rock, as high as 66 meters. Folklore as the remains of giants who were caught by the sun at dawn and turned to stone.
Dyrhólaey is a 120 meter high headland extending into the sea and forming an impressive natural arch that is one of the icons of South Iceland. Sea erosion has carved a giant hole in the towering cliff
Crashed Dakota and Sólheimajökull,
Still wet but at least the rain holds off for the morning. We start with an amazing breakfast at Geysir Hotel, we take a strolle across the road to Stokkur Geyser.
Head for Gullfoss waterfall the Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river.
We then went back to the shop at Geysir they have some very interesting items.
Interesting rocks and the Hvita river – this is an area that is used for white water rafting
On to waterfalls Seljalandsfoss that we can walk behind,
Gljufurarfoss canyon river waterfall
and finally after the Eyjafjallajökull visitors centre we call at skogafoss
Rain is the order of the day. We started by going to the bridge across the tectonic plates
From the tectonic bridge we then went to a line of craters walking up the edge of the crater to see the lava flows.
Taking a a short diversion through Grindavik’is ship wreck memorial.
Heading from Grindavik we go to seltun in the krysuvik areas which is very water logged. Andrew stayed in the truck making hot chocolate and getting the Icelandic doughnuts ready for our return.
Finally arriving at Geysir our destination for the evening, beautiful meal and the sound of rain on our accommodation.
Another day of rain and low cloud making visibility very difficult, My original plan was to take some photographs of a beautiful lake but when we got there you could not see a thing.
So today we had a trip to see the lava tube very snowy, then a trip along the coast to grindavik – krysuvik seltun is a very steamy area but a little water logged, a trip out to the cliffs, and a ship wreck trip at grindavik.