Day 7 on the Road
End Location: Höfn
Distance: 9 miles
Accommodation: Guesthouse Brunnavellir
So we didn’t travel very far this day, but this was one of our most anticipated stops of the trip. Directly on Route 1 is the beautiful glacier lake, Jökulsárlón. Icebergs calve from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, float around in the lagoon before making their way out to sea through the canal.
Although you can get great views from the banks, the best experience is to take one of the tour boats. There were two different tours you could take, but only the zodiac boats brought you right up to the glacier. Not only did you see playful seals, flocks of sea birds, and icebergs so beautiful they could be painted. . . you also got to wear extremely fashionable neon yellow suits! The zodiac boats may of been slightly more expensive then the amphibian boats, but it was definitely an excursion you couldn’t miss.
For details on glacier boat tours… CLICK HERE!
Once the icebergs leave the lagoon, they travel thru the canal and out to sea. Some of them end up washed to shore on the beautiful black sand beach known as Diamond Beach. On the other side of the road from Jökulsárlón, you can walk right up and touch the icebergs as they sit on the shore.
Located in Skaftafell National Park the hike to Svartifoss is an easy 3.4 mile round trip. The park offers many wonderful places to visit but we only had time to see Svartifoss, known for it’s beautiful black basalt columns, a very different contrast to the bright green vegetation. If you have time to stay longer, be sure to check out the visitor center and learn about all the other surrounding hikes.
Finding accommodations around the Ring Road during the peak of Iceland’s busy season was often challenging. We stumbled upon this farmhouse when looking for a place to stay in the area. Although one of the most expensive places we stay, it turned out to be one of the most unique experiences as well.
Many residents in Iceland rent out their homes in the summer, and stay elsewhere during the short tourist season. It makes sense… by renting rooms in your house you can make a lot of money in a short amount of time. Brunnavellir was actually a working farm. Our hosts stayed in a cabin behind the house while our group and one other family rented out the rooms inside. We were able to cook our food in their kitchen and use their bathroom as well. It was really nice to experience the inside of a real Icelandic farm house. I mean . . . hey, isn’t that why we came to Iceland? To experience a culture different from our own and see new places.
One of the highlights of Brunnavellir was a little black and white border collie named Lappi. Lappi was obsessed about playing fetch with a chewed up 2×4 with a nail sticking out of it. Behind the house was a waterfall, impressive enough to warrant it’s own name but, when we asked our hosts what they called it, the simply said “the waterfall”.
For booking information on Brunnavellir…. CLICK HERE!