Day 07: Sunday 09 July 2017
Good nights sleep, with good weather at start of day – warm & sunny, blue skies and light wind.
We enjoyed a late / slow start to the day.
After leaving Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we took the scenic circular route Road 204 (Meðallandsvegur) westwads, in the area know as Eldhraun and Kúðafljót which forms a large lava field from Laki.
We then re-joined Road 1 westbound for a short distance, before taking another a slight detour, via Roads 212 (Hryggjavegur) & 211 (Álftaversvegur), to visit the Monastery Þykkvabæjarklaustur.
In 1168 a monks’ monastery of the Augustinians was founded in the Þykkvabær í Veri on the Mýrdalssandur. The name was then changed to Þykkvabæjarklaustur.
The first abbot there was Saint Thorlak. who was later bishop in Skálholt and some of his successors were either bishops there or in Hólar.
In 1550, with the Reformation, the King of Denmark took over the monastery with all its possessions.
The monastery was dissolved, but it still existed for a long time as a rich farm until it was finally abandoned in 1945.
We then continued along Road 1 westbound, passing through Mýrdalssandur, with Mýrdalsjökull (and Katla) on our right, and open sea (Atlantic Ocean) on our left, as we approached Vík í Myrdal in afternoon.
The weather was mixed all day, with sunshine and showers (some intense).
We stopped in VIk to do some essential food and supply shopping, before re-joined Road 1 westbound to Skógar, where we stopped to visit Skógafoss waterfall.
Skógar, (literally: forests), is a small Icelandic village with a population of roughly 25 located at the south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra.
The area is known for its waterfall, Skógafoss, on the Skógá river, which springs from 60 metres at the top of an eroded cliff.
Skógafoss waterfall listed under threat due to rapidly growing tourism
Skógafoss waterfall fenced off to protect grass from tourists
Walking paths at Skógafoss waterfall closed due to extremely muddy conditions
Walking paths at Skógafoss to remain closed until spring, while they are repaired
Proposed music festival at Skógafoss waterfall meets stiff resistance from locals
The XX Skógafoss waterfall music festival cancelled due to negative environmental impact
We then continued along Road 1 westbound, to Hvolsvöllur, where we camped the night at Hvolsvöllur Campsite.
Here we had good internet connection, allowing Neil to generate and publish 2 days outstanding blogs….(from the back of the cab).
Here is todays Tracking Data map: