“Jokull” is Icelandic for “glacier”, so this was the day that we got really up close to our first glacier. It was also the day that our geographers (2 daughters doing A level) got really excited. We were able to drive to a spot less than 2 miles from the edge of the glacier. We climbed a ridge of “rubble” about 5 metres high, and it was only when we got to the top that we realised we were standing on the terminal moraine, and that the distance from there to the glacier was the distance that the glacier had retreated after dumping its cargo.
Our lunch stop was at the end of an amazingly narrow canyon, which involved crossing a river a few times (even driving along it at one point) eventually emerging literally between a rock and a hard place into an incredible green valley with a stream flowing through it. It was the most incredible place for a picnic, and I was able to indulge a desire I’ve had for many years to drink from a crystal clear, cold mountain stream. The idyll was somewhat tempered by the struggle that we had getting back up the canyon – this photo really doesn’t show how steep the hill was, or how it was really made of nothing more than loose stone. Still, low box, diff lock on and she made it on the third time of trying.
After getting out of the canyon we crossed the Laugavegur trail that we had been at the start of yesterday. The crossing was at a river crossing, where, with no bridge, the walkers have no choice but to wade through the fast-flowing meltwater. As if that is not bad enough, most choose to do this in their underwear in order to keep clothes dry! It did make our driving across, which previously we were quite proud of, look just a little bit pathetic!
Our night stop was back out on the Ring Road at Seljalandsfoss, “foss” being Iclandic for waterfall.
There is a lovely campsite at the bottom of a slightly smaller falls, so this was our musical accompaniment for the night.
We took advantage of the late sunset and after setting up camp and cooking dinner we walked up to Seljalandsfoss once most the day trippers had gone home. It is possible, and therefore essential, to walk behind the waterfall – but you will get wet!