Iceland continues to impress with its natural beauty and astonishing landscapes. Leaving Akureyri in the north we drove toward the fjords in the east. After travelling for several hours through stark and barren volcanic plains surrounded by dormant volcanoes, we yearned for colour and life to return to the landscape. Gradually it began to appear – some grass and ground covers, and then a few small farms, until we reached the fjords, where the countryside turned lush and green again.
We spent the night at the pretty fishing village of Djupivogur on a southern peninsula in eastern Iceland. This very picturesque town surrounds a small port filled with colourful boats which we had fun photographing as the sun rose the next day. Unfortunately the rain set in soon after and stayed with us for most of the day.
We drove along the south coast through more volcanic plains to the glacier lagoon of Jokulsarlon. I’d been told about this place by a number of people who’ve travelled to Iceland but wasn’t really prepared for such an astonishing sight. Huge chunks of glacier ice float around the lagoon and out to sea, while smaller shards of ice washed up by waves, sit along the black sandy beach. It was stunning.
An hour or so further along we stumbled across a glacier that could be seen from the road so travelled down a track for a better look. Despite very high winds and freezing temperature we got out of the car and walked down a track to the glacier’s edge. We were well rewarded with a stunning view of the ancient glacier surrounded by milky brown water.
Tonight we’re staying in Vik before our final drive to Reykavijk where we’ll spend our last few days in Iceland.
Between Akureyri and Djupivogur