June 18th was a slow day for rides. We got stuck for extended periods of time at least twice. But as always, there were some kind people who picked us up. Including a French couple who had to wake us up when we got to the spot we were headed (over a week of traveling and camping, Alt-J cd playing, and an empty stretch of road was a fatal combination), and a tour bus driver who gave us a lift on his empty bus out of Höfn to a better hitchhiking spot. (Funny enough….I saw that French couple two more times over the next week: on our last day of traveling when we were trying to get a ride out of Selfoss and walking around the University once I was back. It’s a small island.)It was late by the time we arrived at Skaftafell. The campground there, right on the edge of the Vatnjökull, is beautiful. While we were setting up out tents, we stuck up a conversation with an English traveler from the same part of London as my traveling companion. Our little conversation eventually merged with the two Icelanders camping with their Canadian friend next to us. They generously shared their wine, scotch, and a huge leg of lamb they had leftover from dinner. We all stayed up till 4, laughing and drinking as the sky dimmed, turned pink, and then, skipping any pretense of night, began to lighten again.
After sleeping in the next morning, we went for a walk up to Svartifoss, once of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Unfortunately, we couldn’t spend more time in Skaftafell. It’s a great place to camp and hike. There were a lot of people there in June, but when I went for the weekend with friends back in the end of October 2013, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]