iceland: day 2 - reynisfjara, vik, svinafellsjokull, and jokulsarlon

Near the town of Vik is the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. The beach was long and wide and no one dared to get near the sweeping waves by it. Looking at it, it felt like it was a part of some planet that was misplaced in earth. On one part, the rocks were formed in perfect symmetry, and on the other, they were thick plates with rugged edges that you can’t fathom how they were made.

I saw it geotagged on Instagram in varying names so I made a little research. Let’s get the parts of it right.

Reynisfjara is the black sand beach.
Reynisfjall is the mountain.
Reynisdrangar are the distinct basalt rock formations that arise from the sea.

We spent a little bit over an hour on the beach and marveling on those rock formations. My favorite part is that of the white rock plates that seemingly formed themselves one in front of the other. Their edges are jagged and can really cut, but they were so amazing patterned, I couldn’t stop touching them.

With my favorite plates

After a few hours of driving, we arrived at Svinafellsjokull. It’s an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in Europe. We didn’t hike though because of time, but we definitely enjoyed the witnessing such an incredible, massive, jagged white-blue view of solid, ancient ice. Wall after wall, calm yet strong contrasting with the warm tones of the mountains—it was truly a sight to behold.

And then we came about the famous Jokulsarlon which is a glacier lagoon that borders the same Vatnajokull glacier in its southeast side. Here we’ve seen the largest floating icebergs and I kind of actually panicked cos I feel like the ice should not leave Iceland because every day it contributes to the rising water levels and weird weather all around. At first, I didn’t even want to touch it because I thought they should just be looked at. But I was there already and I just needed to touch! It was the first block of ice I carried with my hands that did not come out of a refrigerator. I was awestruck.

It started to drizzle and the winds got stronger in the two hours we were there so we ran to our car and headed to our inn.

I’ve never seen so much ice in my entire life that day. I think I need to go back and experience hiking through the glaciers and maybe enter an ice cave! Can’t wait to go back!

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