We set out today across the massive Skeidararsandur floodplains, created in a
similar fashion to those at Mydalssandur. These floods however only occurred
in 1996, and there is still little vegetation. We head to Svinafellsjokull,
an outlet of the glacier where we go for a short walk. We will be using
crampons and ice axes however the terrain is not challenging and even those
with no similar experience should pick it up quickly. The glacier offers some
fantastic photo opportunities, with its walls of brilliant blue ice,
thousands of years in the making. Please note under certain circumstances it
may be necessary to use Solhimajokull glacier in the south. This is an
equally enthralling experience.
We travel onwards to the beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, created in the
1950’s as the glacier retreated from the coastline, leaving a 300m deep,
20sq km lake littered with icebergs. On the beach we can walk amongst the
large chunks of ice washed up on the black volcanic sand, creating some
beautiful shapes and formations.
The drive back to the hotel is approximately 90 minutes (125km), plenty of
time to reflect on the day's adventures.