Okay, there are probably going to be a crazy amount of pictures in this post, because Iceland was outstandingly beautiful! When we woke up on our second day, the rain had stopped and the sun had come out…well,there was some intermittent rain, but nothing like the deluge from the day before. We drove towards south east Iceland…I drifted off to sleep and when I woke up we had stopped here.
Our destination was Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon that we knew would be stunning, but what we hadn’t realised was what amazing scenery we would see on the drive. Just a sampling of the four and a half hour journey…
We arrived at Jokusarlon, a glacial lagoon that comes off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and empties into a river which feeds into the ocean. Bits of ice break off into the river and head down to the ocean, where you can still see them on the beach. Some pictures of this stunning place:
We drove about 25 km further and stayed in a great hostel that night. I snuck outside at 1am to look for the Northern Lights but sadly it was too cloudy. The next morning, we retraced out steps and stopped along the way to investigate a road we thought might lead to a glacier. It did, and we were the only ones there – it was incredible.
We also spotted some “interesting” tourist driving! Not sure whether to drive on the left or right? Try going straight down the middle!
After a long drive in our rental car (incidentally also a Ford Focus but a lot newer and nicer than the Red Devil! We called him Blue Lightning) we arrived at the Blue Lagoon, an amazing thermal pool. We spent hours here putting thermal mud on our faces, checking out the steam room, sauna and of course the vast hot pools. It was a totally relaxing end to our brief stopover – especially as we had to get up at 4am the next morning to catch our flight to London.