Action and adventure
23.07.2014 - 23.07.2014 12 °C
Please look at the photos and captions because I think pictures will do better justice to today.
Adventure consisted of a return flight on an Eagle Air Jetstream 32 and an AWD ride along the ring road in the south east to the Jökulsarlon lagoon. OMG. OMG. OMG. Amazing. See photos now.
This place is out of this world. It is a lagoon created by the Vatnajökull glacier and the broken bits of glacier float around in it, eventually drifting off into the Atlantic. More photos of that.....
We were told that in the movie Die Another Day, the film makers sealed off the lagoon until the salt water leached out of it enabling the water to freeze. This took 2 weeks. Then they shot the movie and apparently only a few minutes were shown in the movie. Crazy. The vehicle to see the icebergs was an amphibious one so that it was a simple matter of getting in, driving and then floating off amongst these amazing huge icebergs.
Action consisted of a slow climb up the mountain (in the AWD) until we reached the summit of the largest glacier in Europe, third largest in the world! Vatnajökull. The surface is equivalent to 5 cities of London. It was totally white, no dimensions, no horizon, nothing. White and nothing else.
Dress up in F1 style clothing and off we go on the snow mobiles...... Driving into whiteness and no point of reference anywhere, up 160 metres until we were 1.1km above sea level, on the glacier that delves to depths of 800m below sea level. Gulp!
A quick stop at Höfn (pronounced Hurp) to look around and drool at the menu of a lobster restaurant.... No time to eat here sadly, before returning on the Jetstream 32.
Iceland is unreal.