Now for the next installment of my May visitors story. A few days after LG and I had returned from our girls’ weekend on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the next couple of friends, KB and PC, arrived. We took a couple of days and embarked on another Icelandic road trip out to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

This was my third time at the lagoon (I think it’s a rare and beautiful place, and I’d be happy to see it every day), and I’d always wanted to take the amphibious vehicle tour and had never had the chance. I don’t recall if they had it on my first visit to Iceland in the ‘90s, and it was cancelled due to too much ice in the lagoon when our family visited in May last year. So I was very excited to do it this time.

Sadly, I must report that it was rather underwhelming. And it was cold and rainy and wet. There weren’t many bergs at the south end of the bay, so the boat basically drove out into the middle, did a circle in the practically empty water and came back. But all was not lost.

We spent the night in a cute little two-bedroom apartment attached to a hotel nearby and then came back by the lagoon the next morning. This time the sun was shining, the beaches were littered with stunningly beautiful blue and green ice bergs, and LG and I decided to go the extra mile and sign up for the small group tour of the lagoon in an inflatable Zodiac. And I am so glad we did!! It was AMAZING…everything that I’d hoped the amphibious vehicle tour would be.

We cruised all the way up to the north end of the lagoon that was filled with ice bergs, got to see them up close in the sun, admired the glacier from a safe distance, and saw several seals sunning themselves on the bergs and playing in the water. I was sooooooo happy. And I would highly recommend the Zodiac tour over the amphibious vehicle any day.

Beautiful bergs on the beach.

The Zodiac tour.

A slowly capsizing ice berg. The top turns white in the sun while the part underwater remains blue.

The edge of the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of the larger Vatnajökull Glacier.

From there we hopped in the car and drove back to Reykjavik along the south coast stopping at the must-see spots like the basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach and the Seljalandsfoss walk-behind waterfall.

The next day we took it easy and signed up for a puffin boat tour from the harbor in downtown Reykjavik. It was raining again (it’s been a fairly rainy summer all around), but it cleared up by the time we reached the little island of Akurey (not to be confused with the northern town of Akureyri). You’re not allowed to wander around on the island since it’s home to 18,000 breeding pairs. But it was still fun to look at them through the binoculars or telephoto lens.

The boat for the puffin tour.

A checking things out with the binoculars.

Puffins!

Later that evening, TS and BB (from Part 1) had completed their trip around the Ring Road and returned to Reykjavik to join the reunion. So we all gathered together on Monday for our final excursion and caravanned up to our favorite hot spring near the town of Flúðir. Happily we had it all to ourselves for most of the time we were there. Then we headed back toward Reykjavik after stopping for a nice langoustine lunch at the Fjöruborðið restaurant in Stokkseyri.

A yummy langoustine lunch at Fjöruborðið restaurant.

I was sad to see them all leave on Wednesday, but the reunion wasn’t quite over yet! We had two more ice friends, SC and SH, arriving four days later. I don’t think we’ve seen them since we left Denver in 2011! So it was great to catch up and hear all their news. As for site seeing, they had a few things planned on their own, but we managed to get in a trip around the the Golden Circle and spend some time together at the old harbor in Reykjavik for the annual Festival of the Sea, which A loved last year and again this year.

Eventually, all the fun had to come to an end. We said good-bye to them, and they continued to Europe for further travels. I’d say it was so quiet after they left, but it’s never really quiet around our house. It truly did mean so much to me that so many of our friends wanted to come see us and check out Iceland. We have two months left in the summer and plan to get out and do some family road trips. Then the next set of visitors arrives in September, woo hoo!

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