From Jökulsarlòn to Skaftafell

Date 03 July 2006

From Jökulsarlòn to Skaftafell

From Jökulsarlòn to Skaftafell
  • Day: Monday, July 03 
  • Weather: Sun, 21 °C
  • Distance in kilometers: 250 km

We started our day with a visit to the Hoffellsjökull glacier tongue. After crossing a small ford, we arrived in a sublime setting, just picture perfect in the morning light. We had the place to ourselves and we could enjoy the absolute calm that reigned.

The sun was shining, and there wasn't the slightest breath of wind. We decided to stop again in Jökulsarlón since the weather was so perfect to take photos before we continued to Breiðárlón.

Most of our day was reserved for the Skaftafell Nature Park. The first time we went there, it was raining (and I mean pounding rain, not drizzle) all day, and we couldn't do half the things we wanted.

Sud Islande

First, we stopped at one last glacier tongue, that of Svínafellsjökull, before starting our journey in Skaftafell Park around 01:00PM. After having lunch and picking up a map, we started our walk along the trail that leads to the glacier tongue (we can't get enough of these landscapes!) from Sjónarnipa.

It was so hot that we even posed in T-shirts in front of the sublime glacier! It was a great vindication for us; this time, there wouldn't be a drop of rain to spoil our plans! Next we headed to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which is obviously still a huge tourist favorite.

Next, we continued to the black sands of Morsárdalur. Here, we hardly met anyone despite this being such a beautiful site. When we got back to our car, it was around 6PM and we had walked 14 km.

We still had a lot to see in this park, however, and we promised each other to come back. The guesthouse that awaited us near Kirkjubaejarklaustur was, in fact, a small independent chalet, charming and very well furnished.

After a good shower and a nice meal in town, at Systra Kaffi, we noticed that we had tanned a bit, even slight sunburns.

This perfect weather would only be short-lived however, and as soon as we returned from the restaurant, a fine drizzle started to fall, which quickly turned into pounding rain that fell all night... This is how it goes in the South where the grass is so green, it needs frequent watering...