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Day One:
Icelandic Ponies
Norse Attack
Blue Lagoon

Day Two:
Black Sand Beach
Sea Kayaking
Whitewater Rafting

Day Three:
Clubbing Again

Day Four:
Back Home



Top: The view fromt the Höfn airport attracts photographers

Right: A happy adventurer

Left: Debarking "old school"

The flight passed through the clouds over the southern half of the island, allowing us brief glimpses of the rugged volcanic interior of Iceland. The weather was cloudy over Höfn when we landed, with a large front stalled over the glacier. We picked up a new guide, Sven, and split the group in two parts. One group boarded a large 4WD bus with Sven, and the other got into a fifteen-passenger 4WD van with Inga as the guide.

Our route took us westward along the Ring Road back toward Reykjavík. As the bus route hugged large cliffs of basalt and rhyolite, Sven gave us a lenghty rundown of his career as a geologist and his exploits mapping the glacier in the 1950's. His discourse earned him the nickname "The Professor" among our group.

Sven pointed out the many species of sea birds along the coast, among them whooping swans and arctic terns. To Karyn's dismay, we saw no puffins, however. The low lying clouds made visibility up the glacial valleys poor. We passed numerous small tongues of glaciers spilling off the slopes into the valleys with names like Flaäjökull, Heinabergsjökull and Skálafellsjökull.

After an hour and a half of driving, we arrived at the famous glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón, at the foot of the Breidamerkurjökull glacier. The lagoon is full of icebergs calved from the glacier, which melt and float down the short glacial river Jökulsá under the highway bridge and into the sea. Sven told us that the gravel bar supporting the bridge and the highway are being rapidly eroded by the expanding lagoon. Engineers are seeking a solution to the problem before the wind and sea wash the road away.



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