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DAY 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull
Waterfalls - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre
- Volcanic Aftermath - Black Sand Beaches
Seljalandsfoss is ...
... could be seen around the cliffs, while sheep and horses were grazing in the endless fields inland. Smaller islands could be seen off the coast of Heimaey Island, mossy green and rising straight out of the ocean.
I only had two nights here - would have stayed longer, but the hostel was booked up for the long weekend (some national bank holiday). So, back on the ferry and into the interior of Iceland, away from the sea...
Well, we woke up this morning on Westman Islands, and we're going to bed back on the mainland.
This morning we set off on one last adventure on the island - our mission was to climb the volcano! Our host was kind enough to drop us off at the base of the volcano, and point out the best way to make it up in one piece.
After about a half hour of climbing, sliding, rock collecting and picture taking we made it to the peak of the ...
... is better, has hotdog and hamburgers! (Continued to wax lyrical about Laugarvatn and hamburgers. For what it's worth, we'd driven by Laugarvatn just before and it was a village with 4 buildings, one of which was a gas station) The lessons we soon learnt were 1) hot dogs are an Icelandic staple. They're cheap ($5 for a hotdog meal in the gas station, $16 for a hamburger meal), 2) the smaller the town you're in, the more expensive the meal, 3) we take supermarkets for granted. ...
The lady at Hotel Laekur gave us suggestions on a few places to see around. It is15 min drive from Hotel Laekur to Ring Road. Seljalandsfoss, our first stop, is another 20 to 25 min. We got wet after walking along the path behind this waterfall.
Eyjafjallajökull became famous after the 2010 eruption, which was a relatively small eruption but ...