This was a pivotal day in our journey, quite literally as we changed course to head south again. This meant a long day on the road since we planned to sleep in Vik that evening to get closer to the capital where we had to go the next day.
We made several stops along the fjords on the way and stopped a little before noon in the small village of Höf, famous for its church.
This church is truly unique and as a result highly photogenic. Everything is covered with grass and moss, from the roof of the church to the tombs in the graveyards near the building. Around noon we took another break, this time in Skaftafell, to stretch our legs a bit with a short walk to the beautiful glacier tongue Skaftafellsjökull.
With an overnight stay in Vik we could take advantage of the late afternoon and early evening to enjoy the beautiful light of the Icelandic summer on the local beaches. We dropped our bags at the guesthouse in the center of Vik before heading to Reynisfjara a few kilometers away. The light is incredible here, as always at this time of year, and strangely it wasn't too crowded.
We took a long walk on the black sands of Reynisfjara, photographing Dyrhólaey in the distance.
Across the bay, the Reynisdrangar stand proudly in the ocean which was actually quite calm for the occasion. The sunlight kissing the large basaltic organs at the base of Reynisfjall was simply magnificent.
It was 8 PM by the time we got back to the center of Vik, and had the excellent idea to go enjoy a delicious hot soup from the Vik Soup Company.
The following day would be our last in Iceland and we intended to enjoy it.