Ketillaugarfjall - Svinafellsjökull, Iceland—August, 2013

Hike to Ketillaugarfjall (Thursday, 2013-08-22)

We had a foggy rainy hike on our way to Ketillaugarfjall. Lori climbed the peak, but since I was coming down with a cold, I opted to trade the rain for a hot shower. The spectacular views of the massive Vatnajökull glacier were not forthcoming.

Quick glimpse of Hoffellsjökull (Friday, 2013-08-23)

We stopped for a quick glimpse of the Hoffellsjökull glacier from the moraine left from glacial retreat around 1900. There was a cold, driving rain so we traded the hike there for hot coffee and a visit at a museum to learn about a local author. Apparently, Iceland has the highest per-capita number of writers.

Boat ride on the Jökulsárlón Lagoon (Friday, 2013-08-23)

We took a boat tour on the Jökulsárlón Lagoon (in the rain) to view more icebergs. The films Die Another Day and Tomb Raider were both filmed here. The river to the ocean was temporarily dammed off from the sea so that the lagoon would freeze over to provide the set that they wanted.

Stroll across the Svinafellsjökull glacier (Friday, 2013-08-23)

Finally, we ended our day by strapping on crampons and walking across a glacier. It stopped raining!

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