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Iceland: Rough Corner of Europe III. – Mysterious Places in the South of the Island – VIDEO
I really recommend you to travel to the southeast if you happen to be around Hveragerði. There is the lava cave of Raufarholshellir near the road No 39 and you reach it after about fifteen minutes of drive.
The entrance is not easy to spot from the road. You can find it nearteast from the road. The cave is 1350 meters long. It is about 10 meters wide and about 10 meters high. There are large holes in the ceiling at the entrance to the cave. Huge piles of snow were there in the beginning of May. Couple of meters into the cave the cave closes. On the bedrock, there are icy stalagmites – clear icicles popping from the ground. Be careful there for the ground is slippery. Also, don’t forget your headlights because it will help you to fully enjoy this mysterious lava tunnel.
We reach the next place on our list while the sun was setting. There is no better time to see it. An hour of ride down the road No 1 there is this fabulous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You can go underneath it. Thus the sundown was wonderful. Take raincoats with you. It is somewhat problematic to dry your clothes on Iceland.
The pride of Iceland, the 60-meter Skogafoss waterfall on the Skógá is 30 kilometers more to the east. Through the symmetric stream of the river flows huge mass of water. There is beautiful camping site near Skogafoss. A wooden cabin with toilet, table and benches. Visit a museum in the village of Skogár. There you can get a glimpse to folk culture or see typical grass-covered Icelandic houses. The Skogar-Þórsmörk tourist trail follows the stream of the Skógá river. The trail goes across Fimmvörðuháls gorge – The Gorge of Five Stone Men . The trail then goes in between two icebergs (Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull). We would go through the gorge on the following day. The trail then goes up the waterfall, then through beautiful moss-covered canyon until you reach snow, after couple of hours. Going down was not very pleasant due to strong wind. We tried to get back as soon as possible after four hours of hiking.
When one travels 30 kilometers to the east he founds himself in entirely different area. Dyrhólaey. Waves hammer cliffs there. Black sand covering the beaches is strange. Strong wind made observation of waves and small islets more comfortable from inside the car. The southernmost spot of the island is the location of the village of Vík. It is from there where you can see the Troll rocks , cluster of rock needles reaching for the sky from the sea near a rugged cliff.
Iceland is the home to Europe’s largest iceberg called Vatnajökull. It is situated in the island’s southeast. Skaftafell travel agencies do expeditions there where you can use climbing irons. This was also our intention to do. We intended to sea the area from up above. Therefore, we picked a short circuit route north of Skaftafell. The ice tongue was truly colorful. It dazzled us with colors ranging from white, brown to various tones of blue.
You can experience wonderful views of ice tongues and ice ponds next to them. Take the turn off the main road. Take a moment to observe glittery pieces of ice on ice lake. Many visitors want to see, however, – Jökulsárlón, a wonderful iceberg area. In order to truly experience Iceland, this place is a must.
Next Tuesday we are going to continue in exploring the island...
Next part of our travels starts on the north of the island. It is at Eyjafjördur fjord, the place where the second largest city on Iceland is located – Akureyri. It is a nice city, rich, and full of students. It is really worth seeing. However, our long drive to Vatnsnes peninsula was not very impressive.
In this part of our series we take a look at island’s north and east. In the east, there are fishermen’s villages along the road number 1. The atmosphere here is very peaceful. It took us a long time to bypass eastern fjords. We were disoriented because everything looks so similar here and there also was thick white fog. One shouldn’t take this lightly.
We were travelling around the island to get to know it better. We set off to the east from Reykjavik. First we are headed to Þingvellir park (Thingvellir). The park is listed in UNESCO’s world heritage program.
If you intend to visi a beautiful country that is different from the Czech Republic but you don’t want to travel to another continent Iceland could be your choice. The country is near the polar circle and it is the westernmost European country. It charms everybody. It is mostly for its nature which are rare on the European continent.
Thanks to the feeling of omnipresent danger, the island lures travellers. It is located in the most volcanically active region in the world. It really has lots to offer: monumental glaciers, bubbling thermal springs, majestic falls, colorful lava fields covered with heath, and many other things. It is only a glimpse of what lures people here from all over the world.
The night was absolutely calm. Living in couchettes is not the most pleasant thing, but one can manage. We were very lucky because of the weather, the sea was absolutely calm and we could have our calm sleep…
Alarm at 7,30. We have to leave cabins until 8,30. As always, I bought a good book guide and read it. In introduction, there was: “Despite you can travel by boat, we recommend it only to experienced sailors with tough stomachs. Gale is strong on the route as well as storms and waves of the Atlantic."
I get up at 6 already. Yesterday I forget to charge my equipment so I have to do it now. More of us had the same idea. I still ponder whether to participate in hike or not. Eventually together with drivers and other great group that we will have a rest day today.
I wake up at 7.20 a.m. in a shock. I burst out of sleeping bag heading to washroom. Fortunately, I remembered the time of departure. It is an hour later so when I get it back together I start preparing for the departure. The weather is not very good today, it is a bit foggy.
"Working" with the elves worked out pretty well. We have a nice sunny day, although it is bit cold. Skútustaðir is one of the few towns at Mývatn lake. Our goal is a walk near pseudocraters. Local name for these strange hills, about twenty of them, is skútustaðagígar.