One of the pinch-me moments of my Iceland trip occurred in Skaftafell National Park. A hiker’s wonderland of waterfalls, glaciers, and mountains. I arrived expecting the same vistas I had already experienced elsewhere in Iceland and found myself immersed in a landscape far beyond my imaging.
I arrived on a unseasonally warm autumn day and the park was buzzing with energy – backpackers and hikers of all types (tent, camper, day hikers, bus groups) swarming the more popular trails. I lugged my pack up the steep bluff to my accommodation – Bölti Guesthouse – a farm perched far above the sandur, with vast views of the mountains, flood plain, and glaciers. The hiking community of the Bölti bunkhouses and the genial owner’s son, not to mention the most amazing sunset of my life – all charmed me.
This photo slide show of Skaftafell and my summit hike with Kai, a fellow hiker, encapsulates everything I loved about my trip – the hiking, the camaraderie, the turbulent and foreboding Icelandic landscape, my perseverance to overcome my chronic pain, and the sweet moment when I perched on the summit of a mountain. Click on the link below to view.