Finally ice in Iceland?
I'm pretty sure we've all heard the saying that Iceland has more green than Greenland, and Greenland has more ice than Iceland, and although I've never been to Greenland, and it is summer, I have yet to see much ice outside of small snow capped mountains. That is, until yesterday.
Our day began with a two hour drive from the small costal town of Vik around the east coast and up to Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe which, once we donned crampons and geared up with icepicks and more hot tour guides, we proceeded to spend five hours scaling. The glacier made for nice contrast against the green hilly landscape, and on top, had the freshest air and water we had experienced on the trip. After another long car ride, we arrived at Jokulsarlon, Iceland's famous glacier lagoon. The lagoon was impressive, but smaller than I thought it would be, so I drifted my way across the street to the black sand beach which also had large floating icebergs, and was scattered with small ice chunks and beautiful rocks all along the sand. So far, it might have been my favorite place we have visited in Iceland. We left for one more long drive that day and arrived in Honf where we camped out in tents in what turned out to be literally freezing weather.
Once we woke up this morning (not that any of us slept much in the cold tents), we packed up and embarked on our six hour drive to Lake Myvatn. The drive, along with yesterday's, wove in and out through the eastern fjords, and was by far one of the prettiest drives we have had, which is seriously saying something in Iceland. After a lunch stop, we arrived at our guesthouse where we are staying with a sweet old lady who seriously believes in elves. Once we unpacked, the whole team worked together to make a great pasta dish, and now finally, after barely any sleep last night, we have the chance to rest our eyes.