After 2 great days of sunshine and blue sky at the Skaftafell National Park we’re ready to hit the road. The weather gods have turned there backs on us and the rain has returned….again!! Great another wet tent to pack up. As we leave Skaftafell the heavy clouds obscure the snow-capped mountains, it was fun while it lasted. Today’s destination is Geysir, the original hot-water spout after which all geysers across the world are named.
Our first destination is the remote seaside village of Vik where we get the chance to explore the town and the dramatic black sand beach in the rain!!!
Next stop is over the hill to the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and its enormous basalt stacks, dramatic rock arches, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas that supposedly make it one of the world’s most highly rated non-tropical beaches. However, it’s dull and drizzly when we arrive not the tropical scene we’d envisaged. We climb the stacks and take an enjoyable walk along the beach enjoying the stunning geology.
The afternoon is dedicated to an absolute waterfall fest and we get to visit the absolute best that Iceland has to offer – Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss. And there was us thinking that we’d get waterfall fatigue.
Final stop, Geysir. The Great Geysir has been active for around 800 years and in it’s heyday shot water to a height of approximately 80m but has been dormant since 1916. Fortunately, the nearby Stokkur geyser is still very active and shoots water between 15-30m in the air every 5-10 minutes.
We spend the evening at the campsite bar with a number of our fellow travellers and experience an Icelandic lock-in. We’re given the bar’s iPad and requested to choose whatever tunes we like. We leave the bar around 12.45am after a raucous night of red wine, beer and karaoke.
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