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Tuesday, May 24 Update

Today was a travel day, as we drove from Vik to Höfn. But we still had time to squeeze in a few stops. First was Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. There, I managed to hike up the hill only to realize that I forgot to put the memory card back in my camera. Fortunately, my cell phone did an admirable job:


After a stop for lunch and gas (and stocking up on prepaid gas cards) we headed to Kirkjugólf, a natural “floor” of hexagonal basalt rock.


It’s very cool, and also very strange that it’s just out in a field behind the gas station. But I guess that’s what you get when nature is in charge.

Next we stopped at Skaftafell Visitor Centre, or Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður if you want something easier to pronounce. I feel like they had to extend this wall just to fit the whole name:


To the left is where you begin the hike to Svartifoss. Now, if you ask people how long the hike to Svartifoss takes, you’ll get answers that range from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. It turns out that the hike is just over a mile long, but it’s very uphill. If you can maintain a brisk walking pace, it won’t take long at all. But we were tired, and getting to the top wasn’t going to happen. We found a steep and interesting way back down:


And continued on our drive east.

Tuesday, May 24 Update was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by Eric