Iceland – March 26, 2016 (Day 10)

We spent Day 10 in and around Jökulsárlón. After breakfast, we left the Bed (and no breakfast 🙂 ), to the Ice Beach. On the way, there were some interesting spots to explore. The first was a few puddles of water reflecting the nearby mountains. Most of the puddles were frozen but 2 were rather clear.

Mountain Reflection Near Jokulsarlon
Mountain Reflection Near Jökulsárlón (64°10’12” N 15°53’58” W)

Just before reaching the Ice Beach, we came across a beautiful farm with the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier as a backdrop. We couldn’t resist stopping to view and photograph the scene.

Farm in South East Iceland 1
A Farm Near Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier (64°7’60” N 15°59’49” W)

The next unplanned stop was at the mossy lava field along the Ring Road. We hiked a bit to view the surrounding scenery.

Susheela Hiking On a
Mossy Lava Field Near Jokulsarlon (64°5’34” N 16°6’14” W)

After some good exercise walking on the lave mounds, we headed to the famous Ice Beach (it is called the Breiðamerkursandur  in Iceland; try pronouncing that!!!). Each day new icebergs are washed up on the black volcanic sand. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, big and small. While we were there, it was quite difficult to walk as there were too many of them all over the beach and waves hitting them constantly. Here is a picture of me at the Ice Beach. The whole experience was surreal and I had never seen a place like this anywhere. I consider this as one of the top 3 spots in Iceland we visited.

Jokulsarlon Ice Beach
Jokulsarlon Ice Beach (Breiðamerkursandur)
Murali @ Jokulsarlon Ice Beach

We then drove to the Lagoon and walked around for an hour or so.

Jokulsarlon Lagoon 2
Iceberg on the shore of Jokulsarlon Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Lagoon 1
Jokulsarlon Lagoon

We then had Icelandic Yogurt and granola bars for lunch at the Cafe next to the Lagoon. Then we walked along the shore of the Lagoon for another 1-2 hours. Here are some images from the walk.

Indu in front of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier
Indu in front of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier
Eider Drake
Eider Drake Swimming the Jokulsarlon Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Seal
Jokulsarlon Seal

After having spent 5 hours at the Lagoon, we decided to drive back to the Bed & No Breakfast. On the way, we saw the beautiful yellow building of the Hali Country Hotel, its back facing a lake and the Atlantic Ocean.

Hali Country Hotel 1
Hali Country Hotel (64°7’51” N 16°1’9″ W)
Hali Country Hotel 2
Back Hali Country Hotel

No Aurora Borealis that night as it was very cloudy. After 10 nights (11 for my 3 cousins), we saw a mediocre AB in Grundarfjörður and slightly a better one in Gullfoss. We had 2 more nights in Iceland before we flew back to our respective countries (US, India, and Singapore). and we started praying that the AB Gods would be very considerate. Did they deliver? See the page for Day 11 (Höfn).

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