Along South Coast to Glacier Lagoon
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It was going to be a long day....
We were off to the South Coast to see the waterfalls and glacier lagoon.
First stop was a 15min break for the toilets as the sun was rising --- sunrise was at 10:21, but the skies was getting brighter by 9 am...
Then we stopped at SKÓGARFOSS, just as the sun was rising - the ground was slippery from the frost and freezing from the strong winds.
We continued on the South Coast, passed through the town of Vik, and took a 20min stop to admire the moss over the lava fields that lined the South Coast. These moss takes over hundreds of years to grow, depending on the climate. It was a beautiful sight. They have a designated path where you can walk around it to avoid destroying the moss and the lava fields are quite unsafe to walk on as the moss covers the area.
We had lunch at one of the rare stops along the route - where you can admire the views of the glacier. Again, it was a beautiful scenery - the weather that day was sunny and above normal temperatures, so we got to enjoy eating lunch outside instead of the cramp and crowded restaurant.
Just 45mins later, we reached the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where we stayed for 2 hours. After 45mins of taking pictures and walking along the lagoon, we took the advice from our guide and sat at the less crowded area and enjoy "nature move along". You can hear the water move, the large chunks of the glacier, in its surreal blue color, crackle. The motion and music of nature!
We headed back to Reykjavik - an estimated 4hrs drive back with a stop at Vik for dinner for an hour and hoped to catch the Northern Lights. We did get to see it as we stopped at Seljalandsfoss, which added another hour to our tour. It was a weak one, like a green rainbow across the sky. I didn't have a DSLR camera, so my phone capture just a bit of it.
We arrived back in Reykjavik past 11pm... so exhausted.