Friday 23 October 2020

VIK TO HOFN - SOUTHERN ICELAND

 VIK TO HOFN

SPECTACULAR SCENERY IN SOUTHERN ICELAND


VIK

This was day three of ou trip around Iceland and the second night stop was vik and the third Hofn. The journey from Vik to Hofn is 270 km and can take the full day as there was much to see along the way.

Vik is a small town in the south of Iceland with all the amenities needed.The Hotel Vik i Myrdal has modern accommodation and a restaurant. Take a visit to the black sand beach and view the black rocking outcrops that stand in the sea (Reynisdrangur). Also visit to quaint church (Vikurkirkja) on the side of the hill which also has great views.








 SKAFTARELDAHRAUN

Traveling east from Vik the first major sight is Shaftareldahraun, a massive lava flow that covers some 580 square km in what is a haunting desert landscape. The lava flow occurred in 1783 and is one of the largest world-wide in modern history.







FJADRARGLJUFUR 

Next is Fjadrargljufur, with the Fjadra river flows through it. The canyon has steep walls and winding water up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometres long. It is some three km off the ring road and not well marked but worth a look.it is also not mentioned on many tourist maps.










SKAFTAFELL

Next is Skaftafell National Park, the second largest national park in Iceland (4,800 square km)   situated between Kirkjub√¶jarklaustur, and Hofn. It includes a number of large glaciers and involves a walk of some 2 plus kilometres. On the way you will see numerous waterfalls.














JOKULSARLON 

On the way towards Hofn you will come across Jokulsarlon, a glacier lagoon with blue ice alongside the road.







HOFN

Hofn (which meanss harbour) is a small harbour town with some pleasant hotels. We satyed at Hotel Edda which was comfortable and well located.



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