On our third day we woke up in a very sunny Vik, a charming town on the South coast of Iceland, and drove to the shore where we saw hundreds of puffins! So many that we were both wearing our hoodies in case they pooped on us… 🙂 I fell in love with that part of Iceland with its many sheep and beautiful sceneries. I kept saying that I wanted a cottage in the area. That said, I quickly realized I wanted a cottage in every single part of Iceland…
On our way to the shore, we drove next to a sheep on the side of the road. I thought he was so cute, so we stopped to take pictures, and another couple clearly had the same idea since they had also stopped. However, the sheep kept “screaming” at us, as if he was trying to communicate something. We realized that all of the other sheep were within the fences and somehow he had escaped. We figured out how to open the fence, and when we did he just ran inside and jumped all over his friends! It was the cutest thing. We were so glad we stopped. 🙂
After Vik, we drove along the South coast to go to Fjadrarglijufur, an insanely beautiful canyon. I had seen many pictures of it, but it’s nothing like seeing it in real life. When we got there it was sunny, but it turned cloudy pretty quickly and we ended up being caught by the rain. Even then, the scenery was beautiful and I was able to take the picture at the top of this post and that’s the result without any filters! It looked exactly like that in real life, which was pretty amazing. In the end, this was a highlight of our trip.
In the afternoon, we drove to the Skaftafell visitor center for a three hour hike to go see Svatifoss and Sjonarnipa. On the route to Svatifoss there were a lot of people, but passed that point we only saw 8 people for the next 2 hours! It was a great feeling to be surrounded by such beautiful nature, and the view of the glacier when we arrived at the top was incredible!
Towards the end of the hike it started raining, but we were fully equipped for it! That’s something we learned earlier on during our trip: always be prepared for any kind of weather in Iceland. After the hike, we still had to drive 3 hours to get to Hofn for the night. We were caught in the rain quite a bit throughout that drive, but overall it went well and we got to see some incredible sceneries. We even stopped at the unique glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon, as you can see below. The picture is pretty bad since it was cold and rainy, so we didn’t stay outside very long. However, it was a pretty magical sight. Overall, that day turned out to be one of my favorites of the trip, even with the showers! And when we finally got to Hofn, it was snowing! We couldn’t believe it – we didn’t expect Iceland to be so cold at that time of the year. I had to put on a lot of layers that night to be able to sleep comfortably!
The next day, we started our most intense driving day of the entire trip. We drove about 8 hours, so needless to say we were pretty happy when we arrived to Lake Myvatn right on time for the sunset at around 9:30pm.
To my surprise, an hour after we left Hofn, we saw some red mountains that I had seen so many pictures of! Even though we had a lot of driving to do, I knew we had to stop there. It was an impromptu stop that turned out to be fantastic. After visiting the canyon, we ate some delicious ramen (our on-repeat meal) surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. It’s one of those moments I hope to never forget! Aren’t these unplanned moments the best? 🙂
Here are some pictures on the way to Myvatn…
When we finally arrived, we rewarded ourselves with a spa evening at Myvatn Baths, a beautiful lagoon where the water is around 35 to 40 degrees celsius. I cannot recommend this lagoon enough, and going at sunset was a brilliant idea. Being in the warm water while watching the sun go down with moon-like surroundings is pretty incredible. I don’t have any pictures since we just wanted to enjoy ourselves without having to worry about taking pictures, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. 🙂
Finally, we arrived at the campsite around midnight and settled in for the night. We cooked some pasta in the shared kitchen and met two really nice guys from England. However, people were being too loud in the kitchen so the owner, a tall old man, came in and told everyone to leave and go back to their tents. Xavier and I were disappointed because we still hadn’t eaten and our food was not ready. But as everyone was leaving, the man came toward us and whispered that we could stay! We were so happy! We got the shared kitchen just for the two of us, and had a romantic meal of pasta with tomato sauce. 🙂 Thank you mystery old man.
That night, it was so cold in Lake Myvatn that I couldn’t sleep. It must have been around -10 degrees celsius! Xavier had a warmer sleeping bag than mine so he gave it to me and I finally fell asleep. He’s just the best. 🙂
The next morning, we explored the Lake Myvatn area. It’s a pretty surreal place, and it really does look like the moon! We did not get lucky from a weather perspective, but at least it did not rain! Here are some pictures…
Stay tuned for the third part of our trip! 🙂