I visited this beautiful place for the second time in July 2011.The first time I took the boat trip around the lagoon, and it was spectular to say the least and, quite interesting. But it was a larger group, and the opportunity to wander around, or just sit and listen and learn, was not there due the time frames to be maintained.
Small zodiacs are employed to push the icebergs out of the way of the amphibian craft. The boat drives along the banks and then into the lagoon. It is a strange feeling. The people driving these Zodiacs are of course "working" and the work is necessary and serious, however it looks more like "fun" than work. They do appear to enjoy themselves. There is a small shop where it is possible to buy food,coffee, icecreams, Icelandic chocolate, etc. Good conversation can be had here, if one is open to that.
If staying in Reykjavik, it is a long way to travel, and takes the whole day and into evening. I think it is around 800km from Reykjavik?
However this time I travelled alone with my guide. We had been travelling around Iceland's Ring Road. Árni took me to the other side of the lagoon, where it was possible to be away from the crowd and the buses on the other side. It was so peaceful there. It was out of the way, and where time seemed to stand still. The only sound was the wind. The icebergs which have calved off, float down the river and out to sea. Some are really big and get caught up, when because of their size they are not able to float past others which have also been caught. Everything here seems to be in harmony with everything else. Apart from the buses that is. But this place is a main attraction, so it is very difficult to get away from that.
Árni, took me on a walk down along the lagoon, where it was possible to get away a bit to just watch the icebergs as they make their way through. The quietness, the peace and tranquility, is wonderful, and is only interrupted by the crashing of the icebergs as they bump each other.
There is one thing I have learned while travelling around Iceland this second time, and I think it is because I had a private guide. I had the opportunity to be able to sit, listen, feel, smell and learn from him, and it seems to me, "one minute Iceland can wrap you up in its arms and hold you lovingly" and all is quiet and peaceful, and the next minute it "will spit you out again"
This is magnificent country, peaceful, tranquil, but with the threat of hostility just around the next bend.
Take the best it has to offer and be ready for whatever it brings. It is an opportunity of a lifetime, to be in this wilderness, where nature is at its best. But then, this is Iceland
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