Day 12: 7/18/07 Skaftafell to Kirkjubæjarklaustar
Trip Start Jul 08, 2007
21Trip End Jul 23, 2007
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I slept about 10 hours. I was a little sore when I first got up but after walking to the WC and back I felt fine.
We broke camp quickly and loaded up the trailer. ÍrŠfaj÷kull was cloud free so we stopped for fotos on the way out of the park. We made another stop at the destroyed bridge girders from the 1996 j÷kulhlaup and had more good views of ÍrŠfaj÷kull as well as where I had walked the previous day. Our next stop was a Magnus stop at a place called Dverghamrar. It is comprised of numerous 2-4 m high basaltic columns. Magnus took a group foto with each of us sitting on a different column. A fracture through the site gives a beautiful view of Slˇfoss. One large column, called Erikslundar, which I think mean's Erik's penis, bends away from the wall at about a 45˚ angle.
From Dverghamrar it was a quick drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustar. We had camp set up by 12:30. Audrey and I did shopping for dinner. We returned to camp and loaded the bus for the grueling ride to LakagÝgar. We were treated to a beautiful view of Katla and the Mřrdolsj÷kull before leaving the pavement. En route over the washboarded dirt road, Magnus pulled off to show us Fagrifoss (Beautiful Falls)-a place I had not seen before. It was a great short stop that we all enjoyed.
LakagÝgar has been included in Skaftafell National Park and there is now a Blßgil campground on the rift. We climbed Laki under fairly clear skies. There was a good view of the Vatnaj÷kull to the northeast but it was hazy in the SW so we could not see Mřrdalsj÷kull.
Magnus wanted to explore the road beyond Laki. It is new and no longer dead ends but makes a loop back to Blßgil instead. There is a nice spatter cone with a deep hole before returning to the main road and the bumpy ride back to camp.
The campground had filled considerably, mostly with Icelanders. We cooked dinner and ate it all. I went to bed after taking a much needed shower for 150 kr. I was instantly asleep in spite of a lot of partying in the Icelanders' campsites.