The Southern Coast in Black and White – VirtualWayfarer

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For my second check out to Iceland, I opted for one thing pretty various than the very first check out.  Where a year preceding I had headed to Iceland by myself for a solo-road trip that took me up to the Western Fjords, this trip would be comparable in length but a shared road trip with 4 pals. In spot of the practically empty West Fjords, we’d strike South and East towards Iceland’s famed black sand beaches. The objective? To attain Vik and then shoot up to the Diamond Beach for a rapid peek. Our initial plans incorporated attempting to run all the way up to Hofn, but with a complete vehicle and mixed interests, we decided for a additional conservative timeline which was in the end wiser.

When preparing for this trip, I reached out to Auto Europe and asked if they have been interested in sponsoring our rental. They stated yes, and supplied the rental vehicle for the duration of our trip. This post incorporates references to Auto Europe tied to that partnership.

For my second check out to Iceland, I opted for one thing pretty various than the very first check out.  Where a year preceding I had headed to Iceland by myself for a solo-road trip that took me up to the Western Fjords, this trip would be comparable in length but a shared road trip with 4 pals. In spot of the practically empty West Fjords, we’d strike South and East towards Iceland’s famed black sand beaches. The objective? To attain Vik and then shoot up to the Diamond Beach for a rapid peek. Our initial plans incorporated attempting to run all the way up to Hofn, but with a complete vehicle and mixed interests, we decided for a additional conservative timeline which was in the end wiser.

We landed midday on Wednesday, picked up our rental vehicle from ProCar, which had been supplied in partnership with the people at Auto Europe, and struck out straight away in the path of Seljalandsfoss. As dusk approached we reached the not too long ago opened Midgard Adventure Base Camp (a beautiful brand new hostel notion), dropped our gear and then produced the rapid drive to Seljalandsfoss just in time for a dramatic sunset.  The hostel itself presented beautiful rooms in a handy place and additional importantly incorporated a sauna and hot tub on the roof with a panoramic view of the Icelandic countryside and nearby mountains.

The following day we wound our way back to Seljalandsfoss, which in contrast to the evening prior to was overrun with autos. Disinterested in the crowds we explored the surrounding location and located a series of alternate waterfalls which have been intimate, beautiful and stunningly wonderful – all inside a 10-minute drive. Waterfalls in our rearview mirror, we wound down towards Dyrholaey and the nearby cliffs with panoramic views, an unbelievable coastal window, awesome views and a lot of puffin nests. From there it was on to Vik and the surrounding location exactly where we checked into an very bizarre bed and breakfast prior to deciding to roll the dice and make the two-hour drive out to the Glacier Bay.

Glacier Beach Iceland Alex Berger

From there it was on to Vik and the surrounding location exactly where we checked into an very bizarre bed and breakfast prior to deciding to roll the dice and make the two-hour drive out to the Glacier Bay.  We knew the drive was a bit of a gamble. Not only was it a 4 hour round trip journey, but the climate presented tiny guarantee of breaking for a wonderful sunset. Nevertheless, with our tight itinerary and restricted timeframe, we figured the added benefits outweighed the dangers. The road trip to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the Diamond Beach was unbelievable. It winds across huge black plains exactly where only the most minimal scrub grass grows. It sneaks by means of sprawling mossy lava fields and slips along the lip of amazing glaciers.  By the time we reached Jokulsarlon and pulled up to the black sand beach, dusk tinged by a fine mist was quickly settling more than the landscape.

When the beach lacked the drama of a vibrant sunset, we had it largely to ourselves as we wound our way by means of the blocks of ice washed ashore. To maintain us firm two seals tracked our progress along the beach, maintaining an attentive and playful eye on us. Even in, and possibly in component for the reason that of, the light mist and late evening light, the black sand, white sea foam, and wealthy blues of the ice have been mesmerizing. We walked the beach till the light gave out on us, then started the lengthy journey by means of the rain back to Vik, all wishing we had additional time to commit exploring the location.

Vik Iceland Alex Berger

The following morning kicked off with a short drive from Vik to Halsanefshellir Cave, Reynisfjara Beach and further time spent with dozens of puffins.  As luck had it, the puffins have been fishing and very active which led us to extend our check out to the beach and coastal location by quite a few hours as we sat and took in the Icelandic landscape, blooming flowers, and puffins want fish-filled beaks. From there it was on to Solheimajokull Glacier for a rapid stroll to the base of the glacier and a couple of moments to pause and want we have been joining the steady flow of individuals taking ice expeditions out onto the glacier. But, with time restricted we reduce our way back north west to discover the Golden Circle.  From Gullfoss Waterfall to Strokkur and then on to Thingvellir National Park and Rift Valley at sunset, it was a race, but effectively worth it.

In spite of my issues that we’d be so overwhelmed by vacationers that it’d diminish the majesty of the stops, most have been nevertheless effectively worth a check out and each bit as awe inspiring as pictured. We did skip a quantity of additional “major” falls along the way due to the packed parking lots, but with so a lot of amazing falls nearby we additional than satiated our urge to discover the region’s fantastic falls.  While the Southeastern coastline was without the need of query far busier than the Western Fjords, it also boasted extremely dramatic beaches, amazing waterfalls and captivating landscapes forged by glaciers.

We spent our semi-final evening in Reykjavik prior to jumping back out to continue exploring Thingvellir National Park in appropriate daylight. From there it was back to downtown Reykjavik to return the rental vehicle at 4PM, into town to discover and appreciate dinner, some drinks and a bit of reside music, prior to attempting an all-nighter and heading to the airport at 2AM for our 6AM flight back to Denmark.  In celebration of the spectacular nature we enjoyed through our check out, I’ve made the following video, appreciate!

1 final rapid tip. Situated a bit prior to the junction exactly where the 43 connects to the 41 just outdoors the Airport, you will locate an Orkan gas station, a Bonus super industry, and a couple of shops.  Situated behind the gas station is a semi-permanent fish and chips trailer.   In spite of the surprising place, the fish was some of the freshest we had, the stand had a steady stream of locals, costs have been superior and the meal was completely wonderful.  To the point that I’d happily flag this as a need to-quit for all my future visits to Iceland.

Pictures from the trip will comply with in an upcoming post. All footage was shot on a Sony A7RII employing a mixture of lenses, but predominantly a Sony 24-70 F4. The video was edited in Davinci Resolve 14 by Black Magic.

This trip was produced probable in component due to a collaboration with the people at Auto Europe who supplied our rental. I’ve previously made use of Auto Europe as my go-to booking website of option for vehicle rentals, which includes my preceding self-funded trips in Slovenia and Romania. For Iceland, Auto Europe arranged our rental which was a five individual, automatic, Opel Mokka 4×4 in great situation. The rental was simple without the need of mickey-mouse or any headaches. Clearance is not awesome for a 4×4, but it was perfect for somewhat effectively-maintained roads we spent most of our time on, especially along the coastline close to Vik. It also managed to seat the 5 of us plus luggage, which in and of itself was a feat. The people at Auto Europe have also prepped entertaining funky details which are effectively worth a rapid appear (in Danish) about motoring in Europe which you can view right here.

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