Iceland Day 2: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Vík (Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey)

July 18, 2019


We left Reykjavík bright and early and began our journey to South Iceland. The most amazing thing about Iceland is that all the different regions have very different terrains and our drive from Reykjavík to Vík went from green to black, literally. Seljalandsfoss was our first stop. Part of the river Seljalandsá, Seljalandsfoss has its origins underneath the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and has a drop of 60 metres (200 ft). The most unique feature of this fall, however, is the pathway that stretches all the way around it. The cliffs behind the falls have a wide cavern, and rocks and paths allow visitors to fully encircle it. Note that you will get wet! But it's totally worth it! We decided to walk along the path to dry off a bit and stumbled upon a hidden gem known as Gljúfrabúi. It is a waterfall inside a canyon and you can access it by traversing over water. It is so so so cool because water plummets into a small pool from above. Haha so much for drying off!


Next up... Skógafoss! This is one of my favorite falls in Iceland because it is quite majestic. It's wide (over 80 ft) and you can get up close to it, not to mention one of my favorite photos of me in Iceland is one taken at Skógafoss. The white of the fall against the black of the rocks, with a rainbow. Like seriously?!!! There are also stairs where you can hike up and admire the fall and the view from above.


We passed by Sólheimasandur (the infamous plane wreck site) on our way down to Vík but decided skip it because the walk to the actual plane wreck takes two hours and we wanted to make it down to Reynisfjara (black sand beach) to see the basalt columns before high tide. I did tons of research prior traveling to Iceland, I wanted to make sure everything is planned accordingly so that we don't waste any time. I also made notes of anything that I need to be aware of, one of which is the sneaker wave at Reynisfjara. These waves are extremely dangerous and there have been many fatal incidents in the past. If you want to be able to reach the basalt columns, then the best and safest time to go is at low tide.


When we arrived, we made sure that the waves were far away and that we were safe. Then we enjoyed this natural wonder... Wow I have never seen anything like this in my life. How is this real? How do these columns even form? Omg Game of Thrones was filmed here! Omg dragon glass! This cave! This sand! I was in awe. We sat on the beach til it got dark as Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey slowly faded away in the background.


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