Iceland Day 4 - Travel Photography

Last day in Iceland and first day without a functioning laptop in a very long time.

Glacier Hiking

It's been a while since I've put on crampons and ventured out onto glacier ice (almost 3 years exactly) but it was just as much fun as the first time. Sólheimajökull is a very impressive glacier but has been receding at a rate of around 150 feet per year for the last 20 years. 


After a nice 2 hour hike on the glacier, we headed to Vik, a major town in Iceland even though it only boasts around 300 inhabitants, 1 restaurant and 1 gas station. The town itself is beautiful and the black sand beaches are very different from those at home. 

Crashed DC3 Plane

From Vik and the black sand beaches, we drove to the crashed DC3 which is a popular stop on the ring road. What we did not expect was the 5 mile round trip to the plane across barren wasteland. The photos there were pretty cool but there was a film crew using the wreck for a movie so there were some additions that were pretty clearly not from the original crash.


Because our trip to the crashed plane took so much longer than we had anticipated, we missed having good light at Skogafoss. It is an incredibly beautiful place (with lots of baby sheep!) but its a shame that we missed it in the light.


It seems like every time we end a day with a waterfall in Iceland, it is a good one and Seljalandsfoss certainly did not disappoint. Having the ability to go behind the waterfall was really cool and the light was awesome as it went through the sheets of falling water. It definitely ended our stay in Iceland on a high note even after a day where we walked 15 miles.