Glaciers are bullies! Look what they did to these poor rocks! And this rock-heart!
Jeppe tried to deliver some swift justice when we finally reached the glacier. He almost got swallowed up and crushed for the attempt!
Alright, I might be telling you a tall tale. We did however go on a hike to a glacier today. And seriously, when we weren't busy scaring sheep, the majority of our hike was spent marveling at broken and crushed rocks. That's some pretty impressive forces going on.
The landscape was beautiful, the sun was shining, the glacier was dirty-black and eerie-blue. We walked all the way up to it, found a mini-tunnel, and watched the silt being transported down the tunnel to the milky-grey river.
On the way back to the car, we lost track of the route. When we finally found our way home, we cooked pot noodles in the parking lot and decided what to do with the rest of our day.
The choice fell on a visit to Jökulsarlon glacier lake, Sejlalandfoss and a drive all the way to Selfoss. And of course with a stop at a grocery store to get beef jerky for Jeppe, chocolate for Caroline and me, and dinner for all of us.
I thought Jokulsarlon was really impressive. It's full of big and small (chunks of) icebergs. Although it was only 20 minutes away from Hjallanes where we went hiking, it was way more touristic. We watched for a bit, bought some soft drinks and leeched off the wifi for a few minutes, then set of for Vik.
After a successful shopping expedition in Vik, and just about at the time where all the chocolate was gone, we saw a sign for Reynisfjara - "the black beach". That sounded pretty interesting, so we veered off the main road and set out to see a black beach.
That turned out to be a good decision. Not too surprising of course, seeing as it was me who made it. Apart from seeing a beach full of tiny black pebbles, the rock formations were really fantastic.
Oh, and also we saw puffins! How people have ever managed to catch those critters is beyond my understanding. They're so fast we had a hard time getting a picture of them!
Our final stop of the day was Seljalandfoss, a waterfall known for allowing people to walk behind it. I thought it would be pretty gimmicky, but it turned out to be really cool. I can't believe the amount of water that pours out over the top of the cliff.
In the car on the way to our campsite for the evening, Caroline and I started discussing agriculture in Iceland. The only thing we've seen people farming until today, is grass. Now, we've seen one (1!) rapeseed field. And that's it! Do Icelanders import all their food stuffs, and just grow grass for their animals?
The campsite of the day was a bit of a disappointment. We chose it because it would allow us to wash, and have internet access. Well, their internet access is overloaded, their washing machines close at 22.00, and their kitchen and showers are lights out at 23.00. I learned the last bit the hard way - in the middle of a shower!
Oh well, one bad campground can't ruin a day well spent.