Skogafoss: Almost there just a little further!2. Along the ring road we stopped at The farm Þorvaldseyri. Behind the farm you can see Eyjafjallajökull which erupted on April 14th 2010.3. One of the stops along the way was the site of a once massive glacier. It has been retreating quite quickly. The shrinkage of the glacier is striking. The melting ice leaves behind the mounds of black ash behind. This is a site that will really get you thinking about global warming and its effects on places like Iceland4.: Reynisfjara. Walk inside the basalt cave, the rock formations are pretty amazing.
There are now warning signs telling tourists to be careful after a tourist drowned here in 2015Reynisfjara: Pull up a basalt column and have a seat. Enjoy the view and have a ponder about the local legend. It is said that originally two trolls were trying to hoist a three-mast ship up from the sea, but were caught in daylight and turned to stone. The black sand beaches of Vik are so black you get the impression that you will be covered in soot when you touch it. But really it is soft and leaves nothing behindThe tour stops at Vik for lunch. You can spend your time strolling along the beach taking in the stunning views or stop in to the sweater factory. A lot of those lovely Icelandic wool items in the gift shops come from the factory in Vik. I choose just to look, My grandparent brought my sister and I each a Lopapeysas the traditional yokes sweaters when they came to Iceland in the 1970s. They were so itchy i could never wear mine. Yet still I try them on and I can’t get it off quick enough
Yes, I agree $20.00 for a bowl of soup is expensive, but you’re not in Kansas any more Dorothy5. Skógar Folk Museum: This is such a peaceful stop, if you want to learn about Icelandic history this is your moment. The gentleman that started this museum was 14 when he started collecting. Many of the buildings have been moved to this site creating a wonderful living outdoor museum. Inside the museum, much to my fishing heritage delight, was everything I needed to know about my Icelandic ancestors who were fishermen from Westman Island. I really could have stayed here all day and chatted with the curator, learning such things as why the fisherman had double thumb gloves and how the fisherman used to grease their clothing with, lýsi, or fish liver oil, to make it waterproof.