This day was a hard-driving day: we spent more than 5 hours on the road, 400 km driven. However, driving in Iceland was pleasant, even enjoyable. We switched at the wheel and made many sightseeing stops.
The first destination on the map was Seljalandsfoss, a high waterfall where you can walk behind the water. Parking costs 700 ISK (5,7 EUR). Here, we were not lucky with the weather: it was raining the whole day. Adding the waterfall’s spatter – we were completely wet after this sightseeing stop.
Then we proceeded to Skógafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, scenically surrounded by the black sand. By the way, it is also possible to walk up along Skogafoss. If you face the waterfall, on your right you will see a path. After climbing the stairs, you will walk along some amazing viewpoints. Not many tourists take this path, so you will have the beautifully bizarre scenery almost for yourself.
Situated along Iceland’s south coast, Eldhraun lava fields (Fire Lava) is the largest lava flow (565-square-kilometer) in the world. Can you imagine that the surface of this moos covered field is similar to the surface of the moon? In 1969 the Apollo 11 crew trained here for their impending moonwalk. This immense lava field was created by eruption, which lasted from 1783 to 1784. To date, this eruption is considered the most poisonous eruption. Walking on the lava field is not allowed as the surface is very fragile as well as the moos covering it. The best way to photograph and explore the area is by stopping at one of the parking lots / taking the beaten paths along the Ring Road.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The last stop of the day was at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the island’s deepest glacial lake. Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland’s natural crown jewels (though, sadly, it appeared as a result of warming climate). It is famous for its fascinating beauty and enchanting blue of the huge ice blocks, which constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull turning to the large icebergs floating on the lagoon. We have seen the lagoon at different weather and could not decide which weather suits it better…
The other side of the bridge is also worth visiting. There you will see the huge ice blocks flowing into the sea. This beach is sometimes called the Diamond beach because the ice chunks lying on the sand resemble diamonds glistening in the sun.
We have seen several boats crossing the lagoon: there are some tours to the lagoon caves and grottoes. Obviously, the tours have to be booked in advance and they are not cheap: http://icelagoon.is/about-us/