Day 4: Dyrholaey – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Dyrholaey ReserveDyrholaey Reserve – Spectacular seaside cliffs and a nesting site for many birds, including puffins. We continued straight on to Skaftafell Reserve but you can stop at Reynishverfi too. Reynishverfi is close to Dyrholaey in the direction of Vik - a beach with black sand and a view of the cliffs.
The entire drive on Route 1 in the direction of Skaftafell is simply wonderful – with scenery that simply never stopped amazing us.
We stopped for a break on the way, in the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. We went to see a place there known as Kirkjugolf - "The Church Floor". This is a sort of floor formed from hexagonal rocks laid close to each other – you can skip this site.
Skaftafell Reserve – We chose the Svartifoss hiking route that leads to The Black Falls – a hexagonally shaped waterfall surrounded by black basalt in the shape of a hexagon. This is another nice route that takes between 1-1.5 hours to do, but if you don't have the time, you can give it a miss. There is also an experiential tour by tractor-driven wagon that takes you to the cliffs at Cape Ingolfshofdi. Friends who did the tour recommended it to us, but it isn't available on Sundays, so we were unable to do it.

Jokulsarlon Glacier LagoonThe Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon – Huge glaciers that broke off from Breidamerkurjokull Glacier.
We went sailing in an amphibious boat, with learned explanations from the guide who accompanied us. The glaciers are a most impressive sight of blue and white, with some black too – leftover from the volcano eruption two months previously. There is the more expensive option of sailing in smaller boats that get closer up to the glaciers – unjustifiably so, we felt. Of course you should dress warmly, including a wooly hat and gloves, for the boat ride.
We went from there to our lodgings at the Hofn Inn, in Hofn. We had booked a room at Guesthouse Hvammur for a room with a shared bathroom and toilet. Luckily, when we arrived at the hotel, the owner offered us an upgrade for a little extra, to another, new hotel with an on-suite bathroom and toilet. The upgrade was indeed most successful.

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