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Scuba Diver Editorial Director Mark Evans is in Iceland with the clan – wife Penney and 15-year-old son Luke – in tow, on an epic seven-day odyssey with Arctic Adventures.

Update: Iceland adventure, day two

After a ridiculously early 3am check-in at Luton, the flight to Iceland was swiftly despatched in a few hours, with us touching down at just before 8am. We were straight on the road with Arctic Adventures' Eliska, who picked us up in a pimped-up off-road Toyota Landcruiser – much to the delight of Luke.

The day then saw us take in a series of impressive waterfalls, including the magnificent Seljalandsfoss, which falls some 60 metres over an old sea cliff. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that you can walk right around behind the falls, just make sure you have waterproofs on as you will get wet from the spray!

The Skogafoss
The Skogafoss

This was then topped by the immense Skogafoss, which delivered a stunning rainbow to greet us, and was worth the trek up hundreds of stairs to the viewing platform at the top which gives amazing views of the falls themselves and the surrounding countryside.

The view from the top of Skogafoss
The view from the top of Skogafoss

After these epic waterfalls, we headed further south to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Game of Thrones was filmed in one of the massive caves, framed by unusual columnar basalt formations that reminded me of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

The black sand beach at Reynisfjara
The black sand beach at Reynisfjara

We then continued on to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and we were left speechless by the surreal sight of various colours of icebergs drifting gently out to sea. It might look like something from a movie, and you'd be right – it featured in action scenes in James Bond's Die Another Day.

The icebergs at Jokulsarlon
The icebergs at Jokulsarlon

Tomorrow is our first diving day, and we are going to the fabled Odin's Tear, which has only been dived by a handful of people.

Heading to our first overnight stop
Heading to our first overnight stop
Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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