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Skaftafell

Sayantan Saha
We started our journey early next day and our first stop was one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss along the Skoga River in South Iceland is among the waterfalls with the maximum amount of water spray. The spray regularly produces single or double rainbow but we were unlucky as it was a cloudy morning. In spite of that the view was breathtaking. The next one our list was the DC 3 crash site on the Sólheimasandur beach made famous in India now by a Shahrukh Khan movie. There is no direct road to this crashsite and one would need to stop at a small gate at co-ordinates (63 27.546-19 21.887). If one is driving east then the small gate will come at the right side of the road. We parked our car near the gate and started our long walk towards the crashed plane. It was about 4kms that we had to walk to reach the site but the view was just amazing. A crashed white plane on a pitch black beach along the sea. Although the walk was tiring along the black beach, it was really worth it. After this we drove a long 140 kms through the mysterious and majestic Icelandic countryside. Eerie Volcanic rocks gave an otherworldly feeling and we also took a few detours along mountainous highland roads. These roads are unpaved gravel roads where it’s a must to have a 4X4 vehicle. The long drive led us to Skaftafell, a preservation area in South-East Iceland which is a part of the larger Vatnajokul National Park. We decided to pitch our tents in the beautiful campsite surrounded by huge glacial mountains on one side and beautiful mountain brooks and waterfalls on the other and this was one of the best sites where we camped in.