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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón was my last stop of the day before turning around on the ring road to head back to my abode in Vik, Iceland. I was tired and didn’t know what to expect as my phone was dead so I was merely going to places I had written down, not knowing or remembering exactly what they were.

You have to walk over a bit of a hill to get to the lake. When I got to the top, with my first view of the scene, my breath was completely taken away. I don’t think I had ever seen something so unusual and beautiful.



This place, at the bottom of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier or ice cap, is fascinating. This lake, with a few ice cubes in it, didn’t exist a decade ago. If climate change (global warming) continues at its current pace, the glaciers on Iceland will be gone in a century. Check out this time lapse video from the other side of the lake showing what happened between just 2007 and 2015.



@solstafir #MyLayover #skogafoss #waterfalls

The worst part of my recent trip to Iceland was that my phone decided to stop functioning just before my flight from Prague. This meant no music on the plane, no GPS in Iceland, and–worst of all–driving for three days straight with nothing to listen to. Have you ever driven, by yourself, for an extended period of time with no radio, music, or podcasts to listen to? Try it. You will begin to go a bit crazy after a while.

What I really wanted to listen to was Sólstafir. The music would have fit in so well with the setting. One of their videos features about four of the places I visited, including today’s photo of the Skogafoss waterfall. This place looked like the ultimate camping experience. The sound of the waterfall and the lush green grass would make for a wonderful night of sleep.


Fjaðrárgljúfur black rock canyon south road iceland ring

Fjaðrárgljúfur (Black Rock Canyon near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland)

On my first trip to Iceland I stayed in Reykjavik and only left the city for a brief puffin boat tour. On my second trip I rented a car and did the Golden Circle on my first day. The weather was fantastic.

However, on my second day the weather forecast was not good, and I was heading down the Ring Road to explore the southern coast. I was a bit bummed, thinking nothing would look very good in the rain. However, this canyon looked outstanding in the rain, maybe even better than on a sunny day.

Icelandic horses

Icelandic horses


Horses in Iceland are not exactly like other horses. They are everywhere in Iceland (kind of like sheep and goats which were even more plentiful). Outside of the road between the KEF airport and Reykjavík, I don’t think I ever drove more than a few kilometers without seeing horses.

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