On the fifth day on Iceland’s Ring Road, we traveled through east Iceland. It was a pleasant drive, passing through the fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages. During all our journey the gigantic Vatnajökull glacier was always visible through the window.
Even with the sky covered by heavy clouds, the Berufjörður Fjord is still a magnificent thing to see. We stopped to take a picture but with not much time to wander around. Mount Bulandstindur dominated the landscape. The mountain reaches 1,069 m above sea level and has a peculiar pyramid shape.
Like many places in Iceland, this fjord has a curious history to tell.
Legend says that one winter, Bera and her family went to a party in the Fljot Valley. On their way home, they were caught in a snowstorm. Everybody perished on the way home except for her. She let her horse find the way home and returned safely to the farm. However, when they saw the houses, the horse galloped through the stable door and broke Bera’s neck.
Near the fjord Berufjörður there’s the small town of Djúpivogur. We stopped there for a coffee in the Langabud Museum Cafe. After that, we took a short walk to the Gleðivík beach to see The Eggs of Merry Bay. This outdoor artwork was made by an Icelandic artist. It consists of 34 stone eggs, each one representing a species of a local bird. The largest egg represents the red-throated diver — the characteristic bird of Djúpivogur.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The highlight of the day was the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In the afternoon, we stopped for a boat cruise in the lagoon filled with floating icebergs. I was mesmerized by the blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes. The icebergs come from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. This glacier is part of the huge Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s biggest glacier.
The boat tours happen only on summer time. During high season, between July and August, the trips are very regular. At least one every 30 minutes. There is a cafe where you can drink a hot coffee while you wait for your boat.
Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue
The last stop of the day was on the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue. This is also part of the Vatnajökull glacier. If you have enough time you can take a tour to walk on the glacier.
We spent the night at the Hotel Skaftafell. The accommodations are pretty decent. The hotel is very isolated, so at night there was not much we could do besides stay in our rooms. It’s a good thing I brought my computer with me.
For more information about the tour go to http://www.tour.is/longer-tours/country_life_-_7_days