3 Things I liked about today
- The moss on the lava
- Glaciers, glaciers and more glaciers!
- A photo of a puffin !
We left our lovely little guesthouse to travel across the black lava sands that were a result of the formed by Laki or more correctly Lakagigar’s 8 month eruption in 1783-1784. In fact Lakagígar is part of a volcanic system of fissures that run in a southwest to northeast direction. It eight-month period and poured out basalt lava, poisonous hydrofluoric acid and sulfur dioxide compounds. This decimated more than half of the livestock which led to a famine that was responsible for the death of approximately 25% of the island’s human population. It also cause a drop in global temperatures that caused crop failures in Europe. The eruption has been estimated to have killed over six million people globally.
We stopped along the way to feel the black sand and take photographs of the incredible moss that covered the lava rocks on the plain. Larus also demonstrated how to drink from the river.
We continued on to Skaftafell National Park. We went for a short walk up a steep hill Svartifoss (the Black Waterfall).
This waterfall is surrounded by black hexagonal basalt columns. We then sat down and had a picnic lunch together. Larus pulled out a pot of something local. We had all taken a piece and popped in our mouths before we realised it STUNK! It was shark and it tasted like ammonia. Peuuuwww! We all had stinky fingers for the afternoon.
We drove on and stopped at Svínafellsjökull. I saw my first icebergs. They were patterned with the black ash.
We drove on to Jokulsarlon where a lagoon has formed just prior to the sea. We jumped onto an amphibian vehicle to cruise the lagoon.
The floating icebergs were stunningly beautiful. We even spotted a seal!
We passed so many glaciers. I cannot identify all the glaciers as I do not yet have the skill to differentiate, nor pronounce their names. Dyrholaey, Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glaciers are actually tongues of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.
From there we walked to the black sand beach where the lagoon empties into the sea. It was strange to see ice floating in the water and blocks of ice sitting on the sand.
We stopped for the night at a guesthouse on the water. It was a lovely position.