RING ROAD DAY 5 APPROX 313KM HOFN TO STEINAR (COAST ROAD)
12.07.2017 - 12.07.2017
DAY 157 WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY 2017
A clear morning. After breakfast we drove back into town for a stop at the supermarket and to fill up with petrol.
Drove passed lots of glaciers all the way up to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon- this is definitely the highlight of Iceland for me. Did not leave there until after 1pm. Saw a seal in the ocean. It was an amazing place. The giant blocks of ice that have broken off the glacier float around in the lake and as they break up and melt they drift out the river into the sea. Some of the icebergs are washed up on the beach where they continue to melt or get rolled around in the surf. Just incredible!
JOKULSARLON ; literally "glacial river lagoon" is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 metres (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland.
The lake can be seen from Route 1 between Höfn and Skaftafell. It appears as "a ghostly procession of luminous blue icebergs".
Jökulsárlón has been a setting for four Hollywood movies: A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins, as well as the "reality TV" series Amazing Race. In 1991 Iceland issued a postage stamp, with a face value of 26 kronur, depicting Jökulsárlón.
The tongue of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier is a major attraction for tourists.
Not long back on the road when the rain started that stayed with us all the way to Steiner, so did not see much else during the drive.
We ate lunch sitting in the car due to the rain in the carpark of a café where we used the toilet. A few minutes break in the rain gave us enough time to have a quick look at Kirkjugólfið.
Kirkjugólfið (The Church Floor) is in the field just east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. It's an approx. 80 m² expanse of columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by glaciers and waves. There has never been a church there but the plane looks as though it's man made. Columnar basalt is formed when lava flow gets cooled and contraction forces build up. Cracks then form horizontally and the extensive fracture network that develops results in the six sided formation of the columns. Kirkjugólf is a protected natural monument.
Just before we reached our accommodation we stopped at Skogafoss to view the waterfall in the rain. Lyn & I climbed the 500 odd steps to the top where the outlook would have been magnificent had it been a fine day. By the time we returned to the car we were both drenched.
Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward, the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland..
Today we drove 316km.