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I got up before sunrise to see a bit more of Reykjavik. The only place that was open was a 10/11 (like a 7/11 open 24 hours) where I bought some Skyr for breakfast. Skyr is an Icelandic dairy product that tastes a lot like yogurt without the sour aftertaste and is very low in calories and fat. It's incredibly creamy and delicious, I am really surprised they haven't started selling it in the US yet actually.
I wandered up to the docks and then through the main part of town, but not even a coffee shop was open. I ended up going back to 10/11 to buy a sandwich for lunch later and a pair of gloves.
The tour bus picked me up on time at my guesthouse and I was the first one on.
We were then taken to the bus station where all the tour buses for the day were lined up. I found the one for the glacier and got on.
We drove up the heavily potholed black road to the glacier and the driver dropped us off before heading out with the other half of the group who were going snowmobiling on a different glacier nearby. We were fitted for carmpons (spikes for our shoes) and axe and they evaluated our attire. I was one of the few who passed without having to borrow their gear, but most people had to put wind pants on over jeans and change shoes. We walked over to the beginning of the ice and they taught us how to put on the crampons over our shoes.
Then we began our walk on the glacier. The first part was the toughest as I was getting used to the crampons and it was all uphill. Also, it was pouring rain. We stopped frequently and they would tell us about the glacier, pointing out different features that we may not have noticed.
We ate out lunch standing on the top of the glacier where the ice was more flat and you could see the valley stretching out below. Then we made the long trek back down to the waiting shuttle. The rain finally stopped and the sun came out, reflecting off the ice. You could see that the surface was melting slightly under the sunlight and could hear the water gurgling beneath our feet.
After changing out of our gear, we took off down the Ring Road to Skógafoss waterfall. The rain stopped just as we arrived and the sun began shining, creating a beautiful rainbow over the waterfall. Just incredible.
Next we stopped at Seljalandsfoss which I remembered from The Amazing Race. This waterfall is also huge and you can walk behind it by climbing up these incredibly slippery rocks. But it was worth it once you got there and not as wet as I imagined.
Then it was back to Reykjavik. I was one of the last ones dropped off again and I didn't have to wait long for the rental car driver to pick me up. He drove me over to a very shady looking little office where he got me into a 4x4 Ford Escape. Apparently a free upgrade as I was supposed to get a Mazda 6 wagon. I then drove out on the Ring Road past where we went climbing this afternoon. I wanted to get as far as possible heading west, but began getting very tired so I stopped at Vik. At Vik I drove around before finding a campground area. It was complete with a little building with toilets and hot showers. Two RVs were parked there already and as far as I could tell it was a public campground so I just pulled up as well. I was hoping to maybe see the northern lights, but then it began raining again so I quickly figured out they wouldn't be visible this evening.