Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
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It was then a very long drive over Myrdalssandur black sand plains and Skeioarsandur which were areas of sand washed out from the glaciers, part of the area was so bleak due to a volcanic eruption in Vatnajokull Glacier in 1996 which caused thousands of tons of water to flow down the flood plain taking out several bridges and the road. We visited a memorial at the side of the road made out of metal twisted from these bridges. Along this road there were some magnificent views of the glaciers, coming off the huge Vatnajokull Glacier. I thought the glaciers in New Zealand were big, but here, they are everywhere you look.
We continued to drive through Skaftafell National Park before visiting the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon. This was an area I was particularly excited about. A lagoon at the end of a glacier, packed full with icebergs. We have never seen icebergs before so enjoyed the experience. We also got to taste 1000 year old ice whilst wandering up the beach. The area has been used for a number of films including two James Bond films. The day finished with a lovely hot chocolate in a cafe overlooking the lagoon.
On getting to the hotel we found that they were full and had given our room away! We ended up staying at a better hotel down the road at the original hotel owner’s expense. The food was great and the staff were really friendly.
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