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Five days in Iceland - Day 4 "Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and ice caves with Local Guide"

What a day this was! Driven from Höfn all the way to Gullfoss in about twenty four hours and done some amazing things along the way!

 Drive from Höfn to Gullfoss through the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell glacier

Drive from Höfn to Gullfoss through the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell glacier

The day did not start well. If you remember from my previous Day 3 I fell into the river passing through Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which meant that all my clothes were wet and unfortunately they did not manage to dry out over night. After putting on my wet clothes early in the morning I started making my way towards this days meetup with Local Guides Aron and I was pretty excited about this one! Aron was suppose to take us into one of the glaciers and show us around his own playground, which are the famous Icelandic ice caves.

On my way there I has just one more stop to make: the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. What a surreal place! I got there for sunrise, on a clear winter day and it all made such a huge impression! The popping colours, the sunlight... words fail me to this day. Definitely a must-see spot on a Iceland journey.

The lagoon is easily accessible, you can park practically on site, right next to the main road. One fair warning: I did not know it at the time as I've stopped before I got to it, but you're not allowed to drone above the lagoon. Sorry.

I was in a rush for my meet so I did not take in the views properly, but I'd suggest taking a longer stroll along the lagoon. Good chance is you won't be able to see this anywhere else unless you'll get closer to the polar circles.

 

From the lagoon I made my way swiftly towards the Local Guide office, where we've met up with Aron and jumped into one of the craziest cars I've ever ridden in.

One of the cars that Local Guide took us in

From their office Aron took us towards one of the glaciers and a path, which he, being a qualified glacier explorer, knew was safe so that no harm would come to us.

One thing about Aron and if I'm correct all the guides at Local Guide: Aron was born in Iceland, right next to that glacier. His father and grandfather were exploring these ice caves as well. This translates into experience and you'll know what you paid for when you'll get there. The whole road was prepared for us, they had crampons, helmets... all the necessary gear so that all that was left for me to do was to enjoy the journey.

And what a journey this was!

Being under this sheer amount of ice is an experience that is very hard to describe, especially when the guide makes you realize how one of a kind place this really is. You just have to go into one of the ice caves when you're in Iceland!

After our trip was over I took few more minutes for myself just to admire the glacier for myself and to take it in from the top.

At around 3pm I started making my way towards Gullfoss and Reykjavík, as I had to catch my flight back home next day and I would love to say that I still had many hours of the day left and I did something fun, but unfortunately there was an accident on the main road and the thing is that in Iceland there is basically just one road so I waited for hours till the police finally cleared up the road and I was able to pass. By the time I got near Gullfoss it was already 11pm so I went to sleep so that I could be ready for one more sunrise the next day. Boy was it worth it! But that's next time.

 

Hope you'll find this useful. Don't forget to visit the ice lagoon and an ice cave when you're in Iceland!

 

Best

Simon