This morning we slept in, and it was glorious. As much as I appreciate a banger sunrise, nothing makes me happier than getting a full 8 hours of sleep.
We left Vik and ventured along the highway for another hour or so, but stopped as soon as we noticed a mossy lava field to the north. There was a trail, a waterfall and it had (sort of) stopped raining, so we went for it. We climbed up a hill to take in a view of the river valley, and it was the kind of place I could have stayed all day. The moss was a vibrant shade of green and as soft as velvet, and the sound of the waterfalls made for very soothing background noise. And here's what's crazy: I have NO idea what this place was called. Yet another reason why I need to spend more time in Iceland...
Next on the agenda was lunch and the Skaftafell section of Vatnajökull National Park. We wanted to save some time for the glacier, but we learned about a popular and easy hike to the Svartifoss waterfall, so we squeezed that in first. And I'm SO glad we did. I was finally able to get close to one of Iceland's most stunning waterfalls without getting soaked -- or knocked over by the wind. Waterfall score: Iceland 2, Elisabeth 2.
The Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a spot I've been wanting to see for a long time, and I spent about two hours shooting the chunks of ice and watching a handful of curious seals pop their heads out of the water. Yup, this place actually exists: