As we travel around Iceland, our diary is a simple way to let our readers know what we’ve been up to over the last few days. Expect much more detailed posts once we return home.
Iceland travel diaries part three starts now.
We started the day by driving the ring road towards Vatnajökull national park. On the way there we stopped for a couple of times, and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon stood out. Most of the day was spent in Skaftafell, the main outpost of the park. We hiked a bit up to Svartifoss and surroundings and did a couple of hours of glacier hiking in one of the tongues of Vatnajökull. On our way to Höfn, we admired a beautiful sunset in Jökulsárlón, a truly magnificent view with icebergs and animals all over the place.
This day was spent exploring the east fjords. Instead of taking the ring road up northeast we took the coastal route. On the way, we visited some picturesque small towns like Djúpivogur, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Neskaupstaður, mostly fishing based places. We even had time to lay on the beach enjoying some Icelandic warm sunshine. To finalize this day we slept nearby Egilsstaðir and managed to see the northern lights from outside our cottage! What a sight, totally worth staying outside in the cold.
We drove north up the Mývatn area. On the way, we visited Jökursárgljúfur, which makes part of Vatnajökull national park. Here we saw the mighty Detifoss from both sides and visited Ásbyrgi. From here we went to Húsavík to do whale watching, and yes, we finally saw some whales, a couple of Minke whales. Slept at Lake Mývatn.
This day was dedicated to lake Mývatn and its surroundings, and what a place, besides the HUGE number of insects running after us. Here we hiked to the top of Hverfjall volcano and around the caldera, visited Dimmuborgir and Krafla, just to name a few. We couldn’t miss the opportunity for some hot baths, being one of the most visited places in the area, so went for an hour long dip in around 40 degrees water. We were supposed to do a scenic flight over the active volcano Bárðardunga, but, unfortunately, the flight got cancelled. After this, we drove to Akureyri to stay the night. On the way, we visited the beautiful Goðafoss.
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