Sunday, August 21: After our zodiac boat ride on Jökulsárlón, we walk down the banks of Iceland’s shortest river, the Jökulsá, which carries the icebergs out into the North Atlantic Ocean. On the way, some of the icebergs come to rest on the black sand beach before melting or heading out to sea. We take a brief walk among the icebergs that look like misshapen creatures taking naps on the sand.
After our walk along the beach, we head a little further west along the Ring Road to get close to the edges of Breiðamerkurjökull, the glacier offshoot we had seen in the distance from the ice lagoon. What an amazing glacier it is, with its fat fingers reaching from the craggy mountains onto the plain below.
After seeing the glacier, we turn around and head back to the ice lagoon, this time parking on the west side of the river Jökulsá, where we stand on the shore and watch the glaciers drift out to sea. Some sea otters are playing among the floating glaciers, but sadly I can’t capture any of them with my camera.
We walk across the narrow walkway on the one-lane bridge, where we can stand over the river and watch the icebergs float by beneath us.
Finally, we walk back to the edge of Jökulsárlón one more time for a final view.
Since we’re staying back in the same town where we stayed last night, Höfn, this is the only time we have to backtrack on the Ring Road. We hop back in the car and head east again, where we’re on the lookout for a sign posted by the Hólmur Guesthouse to an 8km-long gravel access road. We plan to take that road to a suspension bridge and a walking trail to the Fláajökull Glacier.