Iceland – a Country With More Rainbows Than People [4]

/ October 31, 2014/ Europe, Iceland, Travel Journal/ 2 comments

This is going to be the very last part of this set of photos. However, it is my favourite one, as it includes one of the most amazing things, I’ve ever experienced in my life. What was that? You will probably figure it out when you see the picture, which in fact cannot reflect the real beauty of this phenomenon even in one percent.
Every journey has its beginning and has to come to an end. So did this one, but the ending was the best I could have ever imagined – magical as the whole Iceland.

Vatnajökull National Park and Glacier Lagoon

Vatnajökull National Park is one of three national parks in Iceland. We took a short stroll there to see Svartifoss (Black Fall) – beautiful waterfall that is surrounded by dark lava columns.

Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull National Park

Svartifoss (waterfall)

Svartifoss (waterfall)

Glacier lagoon is one of the places where you can actually feel the power of nature and Earth. We spent there many hours just watching huge masses of ice floating on the calm sheet of water and seals swimming amongst them. It is not only one of natural wonders in Iceland, but also popular place for film shooting. The most popular Hollywood productions that were shot there are James Bond: Die Another Day and A View to a Kill, Batman Begins and Tomb Raider.

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Jökulsárlón ("glacial river lagoon") - glacial lake

Jökulsárlón (“glacial river lagoon”) – glacial lake

Höfn

After tiring and long journey, we treated ourselves with delicious dinner. We wanted to try something Icelandic and Höfn had much to offer. It is a harborside, fishing town in the south-eastern part of the country with its local speciality – lobster. They also serve a lot of lamb there (more sheep than people on Iceland:)) and horses as well. Iceland is generally expensive country and the dinner was no exception and costed an arm and a leg, but was totally worth it.

Harbor in Höfn

Harbor in Höfn

Harbor in Höfn

Harbor in Höfn

Pakkhús Restaurant (Höfn)

Pakkhús Restaurant (Höfn)

Baked vegetables (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Baked vegetables (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Horse steak (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Horse steak (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Lamb apetizers (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Lamb apetizers (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Iceland desk with apetizers (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Iceland desk with apetizers (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Lobster soup (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Lobster soup (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Lamb (Pakkhús Restaurant)

Lamb (Pakkhús Restaurant)

This beautiful creature waited for us in the hotel. But the biggest surprise was yet to come…

Icelandic cat

Icelandic cat

Northern Lights

Northern lights are not easy to spot on that time of the year. Actually they are pretty rare between April and September, so again we get quite lucky and had the chance to see this phenomenon. View was wonderful: glow of green light was moving and dancing on the clear sky full of stars. The perfect icing on the cake!

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Black beach

On the way back to the airport we still had some sights to see on our itinerary. First we visited Reynisfjara Beach – a natural black sand and pebble beach with a view to Reynisdrangar – basalt sea stacks and to Dyrhólaey – a small peninsula next to a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea.

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisdrangar (basalt sea stacks)

Reynisdrangar (basalt sea stacks)

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisdrangar (basalt sea stacks)

Reynisdrangar (basalt sea stacks)

Dyrhólaey (peninsula)

Dyrhólaey (peninsula)

Dyrhólaey (peninsula)

Dyrhólaey (peninsula)

Abandoned plane

The very last thing in Iceland that we visited was an abandoned airplane wreckage, that stands on Sólheimasandur’s black sandy beach in the south of Iceland since November 1973. It was a US Navy DC plane that was forced to crash-land because had ran out of fuel. The crew survived the crash, but remains were left there. The scenery looks like science fiction movie scene, but is really cool and worth to visit. If you don’t have four-wheel drive car, you should be prepared for 40-minute walking one way on a sandy ground (as we did). The plane itself is not very easy to find, but if you follow the directions and have GPS coordinates you can definitely make it.

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Abandoned Airplane Wreckage

Wedding photo shot on Iceland? Perfect! In front of the airplane wreckage? No thanks. However, there is no accounting for tastes.

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

Sólheimasandur beach

This is pretty much it. I hope you enjoyed the photos and the story that hides behind it :)

In conclusion, I want to thank all the people that contributed to making this trip unforgettable.

 

 

 

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