We said goodbye to Reykjavik and headed towards our next destination – Skaftafell, on the edge of the Vatnajökull National Park – ie. the second biggest national park in Europe and the largest glacier in Europe. Some people like to trek in or go in trucks across the Vatnajökull, but that wasn’t going to be our thing.
1. Geothermal Fissures. One drives along Route 1 and comes across the same breathtaking views as one does elsewhere. Such as the valley that is full of fissures letting go of steam.
2. Eyafjallajökull. To drive past the Eyafjallajökull volcano – the one that caused so many problems for air traffic in 2010 – is to see an area blissfully unaware of anything ever happening. The nearby residents seem to not be troubled by an active volcano above them.
3. Skogarföss. This was a nice surprise – a lovely waterfall along the road. We ran into a couple from the north of England, who were pleasant enough – until the husband started complaining about immigrants. We soon made our polite goodbyes.
4. Lava Fields. One of the more interesting landscapes in Iceland is what molten lava does when it stops. The road to Skaftafell has many interesting lavascapes – which go very well with the music of Sigur Rós.
5. Sheep on Route 1. One of the ever present features of parts of Iceland are sheep, even on the main highway of the country. Lamb and wool are two things that you see a lot in Iceland – Vik, the southern most point of the country, has an excellent wool jumper factory. Not really a factory, more a couple of people in a shed with machines.