We started our “Jeep trip” by going to Þórsmörk on Wednesday night. Doddi has been here many times before when he’s been driving tourist, but this was my first time here. It’s a really beautiful place, with a lot of various landscape and so many colors. I liked it a lot! We came here pretty late and only made a few short stops on the way. One of them was at Gígjökulslón which was a lagoon, but during the Eyjafjallajökull eruption it completely dried out. So now you can drive all the way up to the glacier, and when you look at your GPS it says that you’re in the glacier which I thought was pretty funny 🙂 Gígjökul is one of the “toungs” coming out from Eyjafjallajökull. It’s too bad that the lagoon is gone now, but I guess that’s just one of the things you can expect when a volcano erupts.
After our stop at the lagoon we continued on to a camping place where we spent the night. We got to the camping place very late, it had already started to get dark, and so we hurried to put up our tents while we could still see what we were doing. I know many think that it doesn’t get dark in Iceland during the summer, but that’s only in June and July. The nights now do get dark, and can also be very cold. But we managed to get our tent up before the sun disappeared completely. Sometimes it’s a good thing to only have a small tent 😉 We still hadn’t had anything to eat, so we had a midnight barbecue and our only source of light came from our flashlights 🙂 But it was still kind of nice. Just as we were finishing up eating, it started to rain and so we had to hurry packing everything down again. Then it rained almost the whole night. Since I’m a real “city-girl” I’m not that used to sleeping in tents, so I found it a bit difficult to sleep that night in the sound of the rain against the tent. Still think I got a few hours of sleep 😉
A few days after the Eyjafjallajökull eruptions there was another eruption at Fimmvörðuháls and during that eruption it was feared that it would destroy all of Þórsmörk, which is a very unique place in Iceland because of its flora and spectacular landscape. But luckily it didn’t do much damage since the lava never made it all the way down there. The next morning it had stopped raining so we decided to go see Guðrúnartungur, which is where the lava came down during the eruption at Fimmvörðuháls . But unfortunately the river Krossá has flooded the whole area and taken the track away. So we never made it there, instead we had to turn back after a few tries to locate the track.