Iceland – East, Part II
Note: This blog post is part of a series documenting a two-week road trip through Iceland. To view the collection in full, click here. For individual posts in this series, please head to the bottom of the page where the individual links are located. Thanks for reading!
After braving the 50+ MPH winds along the Eastfjords, we spent the night in Höfn. The next morning we treated ourselves to our first proper breakfast while on the island. Our choice? The (amazing) Viking Cafe.
Located near the lovely Stokksnes, the place naturally gets a lot of traffic. Home to coffee, pastries, waffles and more, it's the perfect pit stop along the road.
Located in the Stokksns Peninsula, Vestrahorn is one of Iceland's most breathtaking mountains. The rocky mountain towers over the North Atlantic Ocean at a height of nearly 1,500 feet.
Located near Höfn, this area holds historical importance to Iceland – the area is one of the country’s first settlements as well as a vital location of the British army during World War II.
The glacial lagoon is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland – for good reason. Finding peace here is harder than the more remote spots, naturally – but it’s still beautiful nonetheless. As the sun starts to set, the drones fly away, the tour boats dock and the buses head back West.
Only then does the water turn to glass, and it almost seems like the entire lagoon takes a deep breath to relax for the night...away from the spotlight once again.
Jökulsárlón is also one of the more densely populated areas of wildlife, including seals and Arctic terns, the latter nesting nearby to feast on the herring, trout and salmon.
Breiðamerkurjökull glacier can be seen in the distance in the below photo, a vast dome of ice that rises to a height of 3,000 feet.
Jökulsárlón is also the deepest lake in Iceland at 814 feet. The icebergs float along the water towards the sea, a ghostly procession watched, admired and photographed by many.