Road to Jökulsárlón
Vatnajokull Travel Blog› entry 5 of 15 › view all entries
September 23rd, 2007 – by: franciscosss
- Where to go now?: So I woke up late (10 am) and missed the complimentary breakfast. I enjoyed my extra hours of sleep and I had food anyway. So I checked out and I decided to go to Vatnajökull "the biggest glacier in Iceland" in Skaftafell National Park to see icebergs in Jökulsárlón, the glacier lake.
- The drive: 4.5 hours... Should I go or not? Well it's a vacation, I'm traveling alone, oh what the heck, let's go! I can't leave ICEland without seeing some ICEbergs ;P And since it's on road #1, I started driving to Vatnajökull. I stopped by an N1 gas station to fill the tank and buy some water and a sandwich. Prices are astronomical and the ubiquitous American fast food chains have invaded Iceland too (Subway, KFC, Dominos).
- Seljalandfoss: the hotel lady told me to check out this small but powerfull waterfall at þórsmörk. What makes it cool is that you can actually walk behind the falls! It was visible from the road so I parked and walked closer. Once again, wind wind wind... The falls were beautiful, so I got closer and decided to try to hike and go behind it. First I said no way. Wet rocks and crazy wind don't make it look very safe. But then I noticed the volcanic rocks are not as slippery as they look and it was pretty safe to go back there. It was pretty cool! And it might give you a silly sense of achievement too ;)
- Vik: I think Vik means bay in Islenska, and this small city has a nice beach with some nice rocks and beautiful pitch black sand.
- Skaftafell National Park: driving on southern Iceland is an adventure by itself. The wind my friends, I'm not kidding, the crazy wind is so strong I kept driving towards my left to avoid getting pushed out of the road. In some places you can see some mini sand storms and oh gosh, if it starst raining, the horizontal rain won't let you see much around you. Three things I learned to say in Islenska: Takk Fyrir (thank you), Malvik endar (end of paved road) and Varuð (warning), which appears everytime a one-car-at-a-time bridge approaches.
- Jökulsárlón: so I kept driving towards my main destination. I kept thinking I missed the best stuff, especially some waterfalls with rectangular stones I really wanted to see.
- The Out-of-Gas Drama: very important: GET A PREPAID GAS CARD!!! I knew I should get one, but I thought: "it's just 4 hours, I'll make it".
- Return to Reykjavik - Finding the Metro hotel: I got lost in Reykjavik as usual, and finding the hotel was so hard! One way streets everywhere make it so confusing. I was very tired and grumpy when I found the hotel, but thank God I could take a parking spot right in front of it. I checked in and the room was designed by Trolls (?) cause it was very small and the bathroom was kind of nasty. There was a huge bee too. I killed that sucker!
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