The drive was exhausting, but absolutely worth it.
Here are some of the photos I took on my way there.
Going up the mountains. The white things on the fields that look like giant aspirin tablets are bales of hay wrapped in plastic.
In the mountains.
Crossing some lava fields.
According to folklore, you are supposed to make a small pile of rocks before you travel across the black sands below the glacier for the first time. One of those piles is mine. I forget which one...I made it 24 years ago.
Entering the sands, looking back towards the mountains. Above the sands is Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in europe. Under the glacier is a volcano. In 1996 it erupted, causing parts of the glacier to melt and flood the sands.
On the sands. It's a huge black desert.
Crossing a long bridge on the sands.
Wreckage from a bridge that was destroyed in the 1996 eruption.
The bridge across the river that falls out of the glacier lagoon.
At the glacier lagoon.
Me and my S.
I didn't see any though.
Seriously isolated. There was a note in the window saying "if you need service call this number" and then there was a phone number. I called the number and a fat lady in an apron came running from a nearby farm to unlock the pumps. She seemed disappointed when it only took 3 liters to fill up my Vespa.
Going up the mountains again. The last 10 km's were gravel roads. The going was very slow.
These guys are more dangerous than they look. They rival alcohol as the leading cause of car crashes in the Icelandic countryside.
I wouldn't have a look in that bag for all the tea in china.
Finally there. I spent 3 days there before heading back.
⚠️ Last edited by Varaflame on Tue, 07 Jul 2009 04:04:52 +0000; edited 1 time