Moss on basalt - details how much moisture the area gets.
From Vik I headed north and east to stay in Hali and explore the area east and south of Vatnajökull National Park. Vatnajökull which is the largest glacier in Europe and still twice the size of the Malaspina Glacier in Alaska. The combination of glaciers and volcanoes have brought major disasters in the area as bridges are washed out and rebuilt.
Icebergs break from the Vatnajökull and float down the Jökulsárlón which is the largest and deepest lake in Iceland and then out to sea nearby.
Here you can see some of the glacier behind the bergs.
The Jökulsárlón lake opens into the sea and is just behind the bridge. Here you can note the ice that is pushed back onto the black sand beaches by the ocean waves.
Another finger of ice coming down from the glacier.
Skaftafell is a preservation area and addition to the Vatnajökull National Park. Within it's boundaries is the Svartifoss (waterfall). They were working on the main trail to the falls so I had to hike up and around and then back to them. I was thinking it was a tough hike as it included so much uphill and narrow paths and I was so glad to have my hiking poles until I saw a group of Chinese tourists in just walking shoes hiking on down the trail. At this point, I called myself a big wimp and carried on. The hike was fun and well worth having a view such as the Svartifoss at the end. The water cascades down among the columnar basalt which made it look quite unique.
The Hotel Geirland had Icelandic horses. I captured this romantic moment in the back of the hotel.