May 8, 2016

South Iceland: Skaftafelli, Hof, Jökulsárlón & Hofn

We camped for three nights at Skaftafell under the Northern Lights. One of those nights I woke up to a frozen tent - ice fell off the sides as I unzipped the front door. It is safe to say Iceland is very cold in May. Thank god for down sleeping bags, down jackets, wools socks, wool hats and heated bathrooms.

From the Skaftafell campsite, during the day, we were able to hike up the ridge along the glacier. I can't get enough of the views - in one direction there are mountains and the other is the ocean! 

Luckily my Iceland viking gang had set up a work project that required us to all pile into a eight seater plane and take to the skies. For the next hour we flew around one of the highest mountains in Iceland and above a melting glacier while shooting GoPro and taking photos. The plane widows were open the entire time so I now know what early hypothermia feels like. It took so much energy for me to move my fingers to take off the lens cap but it was totally worth it :). 

{ lobster sandwiches at Hafnarbudin }

{ Jokularlon Lagoon }
We eventually needed more groceries so we drove past Hof and Jokularlon Lagoon to Hofn for lobster sandwiches at Hafnarbudin and a Bonus Grocery Store haul. The drive was long so we stopped along the way to explore. We arrived at Jokularlon right before sunset. The silence of the icebergs with the sun setting in the background was perfect. 

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