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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn June 25th 2022

We have woken to a bright clear day…and dare I say it even quite warm! We have a couple of things to see near to our campsite. The first is a small waterfall with a pool below that is safe to swim in. It’s just across the road to our camp site. If only I had realised this yesterday I’d have been in there! Not only did last nights camp site have no showers, but it had no hot water either. :-( Apparently we could have gone to the swimming pool in town to get a shower…but as the pool closed at 8pm and we didn’t find out till 7.45pm that was useless too! We wander back to the van and drive a mile back down the road to see ‘the church floor’. This is a ... read more
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Svartifoss
Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn June 3rd 2022

Leaving Hotel Jökull near Höfn Hoffellsjökull, a part of Vatnajökull was in prominent view. Vatnajökull is Iceland's largest glacier and it, or its subsidiary outlet glaciers like Hoffellsjökull, were visible all day. Iceland's may rivers and waterfalls have their origin in glacial runoff. As we continued our drive along the south coast of Iceland, several Caribou were spotted. Herds stay in the highlands most of the year but come down to the coast in summer. Reindeer were introduced to Iceland in the 18th century. (The animals are known as Caribou in North America and Reindeer in Europe.) They are hunted for food during a limited hunting season. At the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, we saw another product of glacial action: icebergs. A marvelous sight here were the icebergs calved by Vatnajökull floating out to sea. They were ... read more
Hoffellsjökull
Memorial to Jón Eiríksson
Frost Heaves

Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn May 21st 2022

Matka oli sumuinen. Pysähdyttiin pari kertaa (Breiðdalshreppur ja Djupivogur). Ajoin vain 20 kilometrin pätkän. Höfnissä ei satanut enää. Käytiin kaupassa, niemen kärjessä ja hautausmaalla. Majapaikan pihassa oli traktori, jolla ei ollut ajettu varmaan vuosiin. Kävin yksin uimahallissa. Oli jo kesäisen vehreää.... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn May 5th 2022

We began our day waking up in the freezing rain and howling wind that had gone on for most of the night. May is considered shoulder season in Iceland, while considered technically summer to the locals, its still late winter by all reasonable accounts and the weather is highly variable. But the trade offs are no hordes of instagramming tourists and buses of cruise ship travelers. We hiked up a few miles up into the Reykjadalur Valley, meaning “steam valley.” The valley was dotted with billowing steam vents as far as the eye could see ,amongst snow capped peaks-truly capturing the namesake of Iceland as the land of ice and fire. Our destination was a natural hot stream to bathe in the waters , what a way to start a day, and the first of many ... read more
Diamond Beach
Glacier lagoon

Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn August 28th 2019

We're moving around the island in a counterclockwise direction, so we are at the south part of the island. The storms hit from the south and the wind picks up alot of moisture. As the air rises over the mountains it drop the precipitation as snow which is why the largest glaciers are on the south side of the island. Then volcanoes erupt and push through the glaciers which causes massive floods. We drove by massive lava fields; some had moss all over them and some looked like they happened yesterday. We also went by areas that massive glacier floods had brought tons of debris, boulders, and ice. The shoreline was actually pushed out by debris from glacier outflow. From GuidetoIceland website: "The vast Eldhraun lava field (“Fire Lava“), in the south of the Icelandic highlands, ... read more
Tundra plants
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Waterfall near entrance to park.

Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn May 24th 2019

Welcome back! Here is another short story of my trip to Iceland. These past few days have been a bit hectic, yet, full of magic as I got to see so many interesting spots already. You are probably wondering if I felt sore after hiking at Landmannalaugar. Well, the truth is that I had quite an intense day back there, in fact, my legs were a bit shaky when I woke up the next morning. However, the incredible views and the natural pool, truly made that pain worthwhile. Join me on this new adventure, which I promise will make you want to pick Iceland as your next holiday destination. Here is a summary of today’s itinerary: 1- Skaftafell (Glacier walk) 2- Jökulsárlón (Zodiac tour) 3- Dinner in Höfn, staying at Nýpugarðar guesthouse. I left the small ... read more
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Hello seal
Seals resting

Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn September 9th 2018

Noget af det jeg har set frem til, er at fotografere isklumper på den sorte strand mens solen står op og sender sine røde stråler igennem isen. Det kræver at man kommer tidligt op og at vejret giver mulighed for at se en solopgang. Dagen før var vi ved Jökulsárlón i regnvejr og sammen med en masse andre turister. Nu var vi stået tidligt op og vejrudsigten gav håb om en mulig solopgang, der kunne bruges til de ønskede billeder. Da vi kom frem lyste solen gennem en smal sprække så man lige kunne ane de gule skær. Jeg skyndte mig ned til stranden for at finde nogle passende isklumper og få taget nogle billeder med solen i baggrunden. Lyset var det et kvarter og så var det hele gråt. Nu kunne vi tage over på ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn September 8th 2018

Turen går nu mere øst over. Vi skal se masser af is da vi er på vej til området hvor den store iskalot Vatnajökul sender sine tunger af gletsjere ud i landskabet. Den store iskalot ses tydeligt på lang afstand. Ned fra den store istop løber der brede floder af is. De er vores næste mål for turen. Vejret var dog ikke helt med os. Skyerne hang lavt og truede med regn. Dog var vi så heldige at solen skinnede på dele af den gletsjer vi skulle hen at se på. Gletsjer eventyret startede allerede på vejen ind til gletsjeren. Vejen virkede som om gletsjeren lige havde ligget der, den er flydt med store huller og kæmpe sten, så der skal køres meget langsomt ind til parkeringspladsen ved foden af gletsjeren. Gletsjerisen har de mest fantastiske ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn July 9th 2018

We started our day with some take out coffee from the hotel restaurant and a hike up behind Klausterhof Guest House to view the beautiful waterful coming down the mountainside behind it. Then a short 11 km drive brought us to Fjaoargljufur Canyon. It’s a moderately easy hike up the canyon to see some dramatic views and unusual land formations. Leaving the canyon we had to drive back past our guest house and another 48km to Vatnajukull National Park to view glaciers and iceberg lakes. The landscape was as usual, various types of lava fields surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and now glaciers too. We stopped several times along the road to take photos of waterfalls and the various glaciers all around us. We passed by the remains of an old bridge from when a volacano... read more
Fjaorargljufur canyon
Icelandic horses
Icelandic sheep

Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn July 8th 2018

We left Reykjavik in our Toyota Rav IV after filling up with Diesel at the nearby N1 gas station. Navigating the numerous roundabouts to leave the city wasn’t too difficult and we were soon on the open highway on a cool, windy and drizzly day. We chose to circle the country heading east first, along the south side of the island with the coast more or less on our right. In this direction, we found ourselves spotting waterfalls regularly, crashing down off of the hills and cliffs that were constantly along our left side. Our first stop after 90 minutes or so was Seljandfoss waterfall. Clearly visible from the highway, this group of 3 waterfalls was quite impressive. All of the tourist sites or points of interest are signed, but only small signs located at the ... read more
Skogafoss
Chris and Adrienne soaking in Seljavallalaug
Puffin on the cliffs at Dyrholaey




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