The south coast of Iceland has some of the most barren landscapes I’ve ever seen. Sometimes the road ahead brought nothingness for miles upon miles. But this nothingness is broken up by dramatic cliffside, crashing waterfalls and giant glaciers.
During this part of our trip we stopped at many waterfalls, visited a glacial lake and went exploring inside the ice caves of one of Iceland’s largest glaciers. We desperately wanted to visit the black beaches of Vik and see the basalt cliffs but unfortunately the stormy weather and strong winds forced us to turn back and keep the the road a little bit more inland. At least it’s something we can add to our list for our next visit.
If I had to choose a highlight from this section of our trip, it would probably be the glacial lake Jökulsárlón, the farthest east part of our journey. It is at this lake that ice from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier breaks off in to the lake to form large icebergs that slowly drift outwards towards the ocean. As the river flows in to the ocean at one of Iceland’s many black beaches, the icebergs lie on the sand waiting for the tide to carry them away.
Taking a guide into the glacial ice caves was an incredible experience and one that I will never forget.
The glacial lake of Jökulsárlón is the last peaceful resting place of the icebergs that break of the glaciers and drift slowly towards the ocean.
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