Into the South

Heading for the south and west. We definitely wanted to see the Highlands and the glacier lagoons of Vatnajökulls. We made it.

Trip to Highlands

The highlands of Iceland are wild, deserted, with no paved roads and therefore difficult to access. Without a four-wheeleryou can’t get in. And even if you have such a 4×4, who dares to drive through a river …?
Since we were not allowed to go into the highlands with our camper, we booked a day trip by bus to Landmanalaugur. 2.5 hours drive in, 1.5 hours out again. The bus actually looked like a normal tourist coach and maybe had bit amore clearance. And so we failed at one point and had to take a detour. The creek had found a new way and softened the slope that much that our bus could not get through.

Landmanalaugur

This is a little outpost with ranger station, campsite and primitive accommodation.We went on a hike that took us to one of the highest mountains around Landmanalaugur. While the dust has blown down our faces in the beginning of our climb, we had a great view when reaching the top of the mountain. Down the hill again through a river, which this time was quite difficult: Heavy current, sharp stones and the water was freezing cold. After the walk again a nice bath in the hot creek.

Vatnajökull

The largest glacier of Iceland covers about 8% of the island area and is about 8100 km ² in size. Under its up to 900 m thick ice layer are several active volcanoes. The glacier reaches almost to the sea and at the ends are typically glacier lagoons in which the ice floats.
We camped at the National Park Center in Skaftafell and upon arrival we made a first walk to the glacier and a waterfall. The next day we went to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón, which is a tourist magnet and it was pretty busy there. But we had found a small parking lot, where we were (almost) alone and could take an undisturbed walk on the beach.
The day started cloudy, but later the sun came out, which made for great colors in snow and ice.


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