Day 2

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Only just starting day 2 and already behind schedule! On to the dramatic Skogarfoss waterfall, which was amazing, particularly up close and because it was quiet due to it being early in the morning.  It took your breath away the closer to it you got.  We climbed up loads of steps to take the view from the top too.  I think we burnt up all the calories from breakfast!  Afterwards we visited the Skogar Folk Museum, I'm not really one for museums but this one was great.  We had a great time exploring the traditional houses outside which were furnished as though they were from that era.  There were no 'don’t touch’ signs so we really had a chance to play.  Jeff had a thing about playing every organ he could find, and there were lots!  We went to church and school and found yet more fairy houses.  We also looked in the transport museum and the children had great fun trying out all the vehicles including army trucks and an old fire engine.  They had a ball!

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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