Day 05: Friday 07 July 2017
Reasonable nights sleep. No rain overnight.
Beautiful weather at start of day – blue sky and warm sun.
Slow start to the day – Not yet into the efficient rhythm of expedition camping….
Continued to drive south / west – clockwise along the coastal Road 1, from Höfn to Skaftfell, along Mýrar (Mýrasýsla), Suðursveit and Öræfi, having Breiðabunga, Skálafellsjökull, Breiðamerkurjökull & Öræfajökull (S.E facing glacial fingers of Vatnajökull) on our right side, and the open sea (Atlantic Ocean) on our left hand side.
After driving Road 1 for a while, we took a cool detour along mountain Road F985 (Jökulvegur), to get up close with Skálafellsjökull, one of the S.E. glacial tongues of Breiðabunga, Vatnajökull.
Returned back to Road 1 by retracing our route backwards.
The road was a terrific challenging drive and the view of the glacier from the top was spectacular – especially in todays weather conditions.
Spectacular views everywhere you look………
Lots of GoPro film was captured today, but this will take some time before processing & publication – we will comeback with these videos later….
Continued to drive south / west – clockwise along the coastal Road 1.
We stopped here during ICE2015 (ICE2015 Blog Article: Day 24: Skaftafell – Höfn)
We passed Öræfi, where we saw Ingólfshöfði, a small headland and private nature reserve on south coast of Iceland.
It is believed to be the location where Ingólfur Arnarson originally landed on Iceland in or near 874AD.
After setting up camp and dinner, we sorted out our equipment, downloaded GoPro and all other cameras, and caught up with internet related tasks, including blog publications.
Good evening, despite occasional drizzle rain.
Below is todays Tracking data Map.