After lunch we made our way back along the coastline for a stop off at Solheimajokull (also known as the “Black Glacier” due to the ash and moraines held within it). Solheimajokull is a tributary glacier which extends from the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap which covers the Katla volcano. Solheimajokull is also known as the ‘incredible shrinking glacier’ which has retreated by about a km over the last decade. The surface of the glacier is covered by crevases, ice ridges and streams run across the ice. In front of the glacier was a small proglacial lake with clear evidence of the retreating glacier with blocks of floating ice on it.
Our next port of call was the stunning Skogafoss waterfall at a towering 62m high. The waterfall has formed due to the process of isostacy (the ground rebounding as ice sheets have melted).
On our way from Skogafoss we visited the Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre, a museum located at the base of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The museum is part of a family run farm and included a 20 minute video showing the dramatic power of the 2010 eruption, the challenges the Þorvaldseyri farm faced in its shadow and its recovery.
Our final visit in an action packed day was to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a 60m tall waterfall with the opportunity to walk behind the curtain of water!
This waterfall also features in the Justin Bieber “I’ll Show you” video shot with a backdrop of stunning Icelandic landscapes. Student’s can see how many places they can recognise from today’s adventures!
Our day has ended with a delicious meal back at Husid guesthouse ending with an opportunity for the bravest to have a little taste of a few traditional Icelandic delicacies including Smoked Lamb, Sheep’s Heart, Liver Pate and dried fish!