These two days included the east coast, and a ferry ride to Papey Island.
One thing about Iceland is they seem to have more sheep and horses than people out in the country. There were several times we had to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting the sheep.
These are the Dwarf rocks or Dwarf cliffs which are basalt formations caused by the way the lava cools. The way it's described is similar to the way we make single crystal turbine blades (for my engineer friends).
This site didn't even have a name. Just a beautiful little river/falls along the side of the road.
Glacier flow in the Skeiđarársandur region.
There was a small food truck near the vistor center where we got a lobster tempura lunch. It turned out to be one of the top 5 meals we had on the whole trip. Go figure...
There is a very nice hike here of about 3-4 miles that leaves from the visitor center. It has about a 1000 foot elevation gain, but well worth the effort. The are a couple water falls and some beautiful vistas overlooking the mountain ranges and glacier.
Kelly and I after the nice hike up to the falls.
This is glacier lagoon on the south end of the Vatnajökull National Park. This lagoon has been featured in many movies including, A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins. We took a boat tour of the lagoon to see many of the ice formations.
Our guide with a piece of glacier. One thing you gotta love about Iceland is that all the (female) tour guides, waitresses, hotel clerks, cashiers, etc. are all friendly, young, pretty blondes.
And Kelly is pretty hot too!
Just another one of the beautiful scenic views along the way.
Just another spot we stopped for a photo.
When we reached the town of Djúpavogshreppur, we took a 4-hour ferry tour to Papey Island. This is a small island (0.77 square miles), known for its bird cliffs and seals. It has a small dwelling, a church, and a light house but is has been uninhabited for quite some time.
Common bird on the island
View from the top of the Papey island bird cliffs:
Small farm house on the island. It's no longer occupied, but still preserved by the owners.
Another beautiful view from the far side of the island.