Day 6: Seljavallalaug… all the way to Jökulsárlón

This was one of our absolute favorite days in Iceland.  We woke up early to backtrack to Seljavallalaug for the potential to get the pool to ourselves.

Seljavallalaug

Lucky for us, when we arrived there was only one camper and they were still sleeping.Seljavallalaug Iceland

I did hesitate to get in the pool due to the copious amounts of floating algae.  Apparently, locals only clean this pool out once a year.

seljavallaug

Kyle jumped right in.

After about a minute of persuasion, I made the right choice and eased myself it.  It was wonderful!  We had heard that the pool was not that warm, however, it was a near perfect temperature that morning, despite the cold air conditions.

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We enjoyed this paradise for nearly 2 hours before deciding it was time to move on.

reflection of Iceland

It was an absolutely near perfect day outside.  This brings me to my next point, don’t get discouraged if the weather doesn’t look desirable before your trip. Before our trip, the weather office in Iceland stated that we would have rain and cloudy conditions on every day of our trip.  However, despite two relatively rainy days, our weather for the rest of the trip was absolutely impeccable.

Iceland Drive

Our next stop was Dyrhólaey beach and Vik — two of my most looked forward stops on the trip.  At Dyrhólaey, we stopped and snapped pictures and watched the enormous ocean waves crash into the cliffs.

iceland beach

Dyrhólaey

Hungry, we headed to Vik for lunch.  We stopped at a small restaurant and I had pretty much our staple meal in Iceland — soup and bread.

food

After lunch, we ventured down to the famous black beach.

Black Beach Hearts

The sand was pitch black with an surprisingly nice texture.

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After an hour of playing on the beach, we decided hit the road.

never ending road (1 of 1)

green lava field

The next few hours of driving took us through moss-covered lava fields, glacial flood plains, and eventually to incredible views of the  Vatnajokull glacier, which is Europe’s largest glacier.

Skaftafell Glacier

The views driving up to Skaftafell National Park were incredible!  Glacial tongues extended down through mountain valleys.  Kyle and I decided to do a 3km hike up to the Skaftafellsjokull glacier.

Skaftafell national Park Iceland WM (1 of 1)

Skaftafell Hike

The temperature dropped as we approached the glacier but the views were brilliant.  There is a beautiful waterfall here, however, since the sun was low in the sky — we opted to do the shorter hike.

Skaftafell Glacier

We wanted to camp at Jökulsárlón and made the 40 minute journey as the sun set over the glacier tops.  We made it to our destination for one of the most incredible sights we have ever witnessed.

Jökulsárlón
Jokursarlon Lagoon Purple

Words can’t describe the beauty and I have never seen a sky so purple.

Jökulsárlón Sun set

Jokursarlon Lagoon Night

The camping at Jökulsárlón was free; however, there were no bathrooms or usable facilities.  They did have free Wi-Fi!

Jokursarlon Lagoon bridge 1 (1 of 1)

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