Day 13: Glacier day the previous evening visiting skaftafell visitors center and the skaftafellsjokull which is one of the many tongues coming down from the vast Vatnajokull. The Skaftafell vicinity has experienced considerable volcanic activity, with the 1362 Öræfajökull eruption producing the most ash of any Icelandic volcano since the settlement and another, smaller Öræfajökull eruption occurring in 1727. As shown once again in 2011, the subglacial volcano Grímsvötn is the country’s most active volcano, and is also famous for the huge jökulhlaups or glacial floods that originate from it.
Starting the morning with an amazing view of glaciers. First stop Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue in Skaftafell National Park. Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet of the Vatnajökull glacier, and the scenery is simply stunning.
Fjallsárlón is a glacier lake at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajökull. Fjallsjökull which is part of the bigger glacier reaches down to the water of the lake and some ice-bergs are drifting by on its surface.
Jökulsárlón has been a setting for four Hollywood movies: A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins, as well as the “reality TV” series Amazing Race.
Further lagoons and glaciers along our route to our destination of Hofn.