This 10th day was a transitional day in our journey, marking the end of our road trip in the center and bringing us closer to the second part of our trip in eastern Iceland.
On the road, we had planned a few stops, of course, with one night booked near Höfn.
The weather was not very nice when leaving Vik this morning, and we decided to drive for lunch near Jökulsárlón.
We went to very few tourist spots this year, Jökulsárlón was the first and we were expecting quite a few people there. The site is as magnificent as ever and deserves a moment to take in the natural beauty.
Close to our guesthouse was the Hvannagil Gorge, a rather unknown valley of the Jökulsá í Lóni river region. We were advised to park at the Fellshamar farm after turning off on the small unmarked road 9713. We'd recommend to keep driving a bit further to avoid hiking the uninteresting trail for 2 km, and instead park near the Golden Valley (photo).
From there, a trail takes you into the valley for some incredible views before connecting to the Hvannagil valley, another beauty with its Liparite mountains. We walked for a good hour before getting back in the car to head east.
The sky cleared by later afternoon and we decided to spend the evening near Eystrahorn, a mountain much less known than its twin sister Vestrahorn but just as beautiful.
Unpopular indeed... The way there was not indicated at all, nor was the car park to visit the Hvalnes lighthouse, which is said to mark the border between the south and the east of Iceland. The mountain was absolutely beautiful and we shot it from every angle, in particular reflected in the small lakes near the car park. It was 6PM when we finally headed into Höfn town to enjoy a “lobster soup”, the local specialty.