I woke up early the next day with the start of a bad cold. I was determined to not let it ruin our trip, so I took some meds and we were off to our first destination: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. It was over an hour drive away, so I hunkered down in the car and quickly fell back asleep.
I awoke just as we were rounding a bend in the road. I heard Danny gasp, so I sat up. In the distance was the biggest waterfall I’d ever seen! The cars in the lot were tiny dots in comparison. As we neared the parking lot, it only got more impressive.
I was excited to see the powerful force from up close and even more excited when I saw you could walk behind the water! We preemptively put on our waterproof pants and rain jackets before we walked towards the waterfall.
Walking up to the falls was nothing like anything I’d ever experienced before. The sheer size alone was enough to leave jaws open in disbelief. We followed the path behind the falls and were soon met with a powerful mist that surrounded us. I could have stood there for hours watching the two forms of water collide.
When we finished walking behind Seljalandsfoss, we noticed a side path to the right and decided to see where it led. The path had a gentle curve and we strolled around the bend where we were rewarded with a second waterfall behind a rock wall.
I decided that I would watch our gear while Danny put his rain hood up and waded into the creek between the rock faces. After a few minutes, he came out SOAKED from head to toe grinning from excitement!
We glanced at the time and rushed back to the car. The beauty of Seljalandsfoss had kept us for longer than we anticipated, so we rushed back to the car to continue our journey (but not before snapping a few more photos!).
Our next stop was at Eyjafjallajökull to see the visitor center, Iceland Erupts. Eyjafjallajökull is a small ice cap that covers the top of an active volcano. It erupted in 2010 and created an ash eruption that disrupted air traffic in Europe for 6 days! We watched a short film that was made about it and admired the volcanic glacier from afar.
One of the things on my “must do in Iceland” list was to see the DC-3 airplane crash site. The photos I’d seen were so hauntingly beautiful and I had to see it for myself.
In the past people were able to drive out to the site, but they recently closed it off to vehicles, so we parked our car by the gate and hiked the 2.5 miles towards the crash site. The hike in was surreal. We couldn’t see the crash site so it just seemed like we were hiking towards vast nothingness. If it wasn’t for the trickle of other people hiking out with us, it would have been easy to veer off the path.
After 45min, we came over the crest of a hill and saw our destination. Unfortunately for us, we were there at the same time as several other people and it ruined the experience in a small way. We decided to hang out and wait for the selfie-takers and fellow explorers to head back. We were soon rewarded with a peaceful pocket of silence and solitude.
We hiked back and made our way to the first glacier tongue stop of the trip: the Sólheimajökull Glacier. It was just a short stop on our journey, but it was still an impressive site! I loved seeing all the colors of the glacier walk tours against the blue and white ice.
As we left the glacier, we were suddenly hit with a hail storm! We were so confused as it had been perfectly sunny right before we left, but I guess that’s how the weather works in Iceland as it soon passed after 5min.
The sun was getting lower in the sky, but we still had one major stop left on our agenda for the day: the black sand beach of Reynishverfi. We were warned by several sources that the waves at this beach could easily ruin your day (and life) and they did not lie!
As we walked towards the beach, the sound of the waves breaking the shoreline was deafening and terrifying. I had never seen shore break like that in my entire life.
We stayed a safe distance away from the shore and took in the beauty of the beach. To the left was an impressive display of basalt columns. I couldn’t help but smile as I admired natures art.
Thoroughly exhausted, we began our final stretch of driving to our next hotel. I let the allure of the countryside take me and I felt my heart fall deeper into love.
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