September 5, 2017
First stop today was the Eyjafjallajökull visitor center to learn more about this infamous caldera of a volcano that erupted last in 2010, causing major disruption to the surrounding airspace. We then traveled to Skógar to visit the country museum, where we learned about early life in Iceland, viewed the folk crafts, and sod houses. After lunch at the museum we continued on to the lovely town of Vik, Iceland’s southernmost village surrounded by green hills, a massive icecap, the sea, and Katla, a notorious volcano.
The afternoon was a walk along the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, lined with columnar basalt-filled caves we visited the picturesque Seljalandsfoss, Iceland’s most photographed waterfall. From here we walked to nearby Skógafoss waterfall, know for its rainbows on sunny days. There was a short break to shop for local items then we resumed the tour at stunning Sólheimajökull glacier, often called the “sliding glacier” for its rapid advance in the 1990s.