Time: 4 hours 11 minutes
Year to date miles: 221.7
Driving directions: Route 1, east of Vik.
Map: We were planning on doing a hike from the Cicerone Iceland book, but ended up using a free map brochure from the park. The map had suggested hikes with distances.
Parking: Large parking area, take 998 off of of Route 1. There are signs on Route 1.
Driving directions: East of Vik, visitor center off of the ring road
Parking: Plenty of parking in the park.
Hike directions: We followed what was called the S6 Route in the brochure, and then added on to it.
S6 is described as Svartifoss/Sjonarnipa, 7.4 km route. The trail intersections on the hikes were well marked, so it was easy to use the park map.
|Site of the Vatnajökull glacier - which covers 8% of Iceland. We saw just a tiny bit of it.|
|Edge of the glacier, next to a lava field|
|Svatifoss is one of the main tourist sites at Skaftafell. It is a short hike. We did a longer hike, which passed by it though.|
|Trailhead, near the camping area|
|For some reason - we ended up hiking the opposite way of everyone else...|
|Heading to the glacier|
|I'm thinking a little vertigo going on here.|
|I see glacier!|
|Glacier! Black near the edges due to lava sand|
|The basalt columns of Svartifoss - it reminds me of a church organ.|
|We spent some time looking at column debris along the trail - usually they are 5 sided.|
|Trails are really well marked in this park!|
|We didn't know what Sel was, but we decided to visit|
|Sel was a collection of old turf roofed farm buildings. |
Lava sand in the background.
The area approaching Skaftafell has enormous amounts of sand, and sand storms occur here
|This site has some of the tallest trees in Iceland!|
We walked through a mini-forest. Made us feel like we were back home.
|An unusual site in Iceland! Looks normal to me!|
|We found fruits/vegetables most places. But very limited amounts.|
Canned strawberries were relatively common.
Fresh strawberries - didn't see any.
Many small stores in the country - produce aisle was 6' long.
|Just a small roadside stop near Kirjubaejarklaustur, near the town we were staying in.|
We didn't do any hiking in Kirjubaejarklaustur, but the town has a number of short trails.
We wished we were in the area longer.
|Moss covered lava field|