Day five started with a visit to Fjadrargljufur – probably one of the hardest things to pronounce in the Icelandic language. In a nutshell, that translates to really beautiful gorges.
We then tried to drive to the Laki Craters, which you technically needed a 4 wheel drive car, but we were willing to risk it with our Chevy Cruise. After 30 minutes of driving on ridiculously bumpy roads through the mountains, we came across a river that we could not cross and unfortunately had to head back. However, that gave us more time to explore Skaftafell National park and Svartifoss, the main waterfall there.
We still had time left in the day, and even though we were going to Jokusarlon the next day with our tour, I was just getting so antsy about seeing it. The glacier lagoon was only about 30 minutes away, and it was one of the main things I was looking forward to seeing on this trip. Art said, “Why not see it twice?” and I couldn’t have agreed more (little did I know he had something else up his sleeve!).
When we got there, it was everything I could have imagined and more. Since it was a cloudy evening, the setting was almost a little eerie and also the lack of people made it so surreal. You’re driving on the Ring Road and all of a sudden there is this giant lagoon full of icebergs that have fallen off of the glacier. It looks different every day because the ice bergs will melt, break off, or float somewhere else.
We went to a pretty secluded location, and Art suggested we take a video with the tripod. Thinking nothing of it, I starting doing leaps across the camera chanting “Jokusarlon! Jokusarlon!” trying to be funny. He then brought me in to take a “timed photo” since there was no one around and proposed! Then, about 100 feet away, I saw a naked guy (no photo proof, sorry) in the freezing cold in the middle of our intimate moment. It definitely made the proposal truly memorable 🙂
Celebrating with some seal-watching!
It was around 8:30pm when we got back to the hotel, and dinner had stopped being served at 8pm. The staff told us that there was a gas station with a restaurant attached about 15 minutes away where we could eat. However, on our way out the door, they informed us that it was actually closed since it was Sunday and they closed early! In my head I’m thinking – we have two Lara bars and two bananas to eat for our engagement dinner – at least it will be memorable! Lucky for us, the staff re-considered taking us in, and we had the best lamb of our lives (they are all free-range – literally, on the road and everything). And on top of that, the staff was SO incredibly hospitable when they found out we were engaged and gave us a bottle of wine and then champagne the next day!
(Pardon the blurry iPhone photo)
It was definitely a night to remember, and a huge thank you to the Hof1 Hotel staff for helping us celebrate and making it so special.