Waterfalls and more Waterfalls
15.10.2015 - 15.10.2015
Day 3 October 15
Up early today as we want to get a head start and beat the tour buses. Our plan is to get to Vik and see Skodafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Dryholaey and anything else in between.
Set the GPS for Skodafoss and we're on the road by 8:30! Got just past Selfoss and the GPS said to turn left, Skodafoss was 27 kms down the road. After driving close to an hour, the GPS said, "Skodafoss on your right 100 meters". We drove in, and it was the community of Skodafoss, one farm house with rooms to rent , and some farm buildings!
Gas tank says 1/8 tank and when we change the destination to Vik, the GPS says 95kms, 30 of those over a gravel road to an unknown town. Fortunately we had a decent road map and after studying it we chose returning the way we came. We made it to Halle with about 8 liters of fuel in the tank. It was good, Lana got to hone up on her map reading skills which stood us in good stead a few more times.
We drove into Dryholaey and the sun came out perfectly for our pictures. We did not realize that the basalt stacks were down on the beach so did not see them.
On to Vik and the black sand beaches. They are doing some reclamation of their beach foliage and vehicles are no longer allowed to drive there.
Drove back to Skodafoss and once again the sun god was with us, so we had rainbows. We climbed to the top, 525 steps each way to a beautiful view point. There is an old fashioned ladder over the fence at the top, so people can hike out in the area beyond and see more of the river.
There is a narrow promontory halfway up that you can walk out on. There I was able to get a picture of the falls from top to bottom, with a rainbow that appeared to be falling down the falls from top to bottom.
There was a bride and groom taking pictures, he setting up the camera and timer, then running to stand beside his bride.
Onward to Seljalandsfoss! We stopped at Eyjafjallajokull and got some decent photos of the glacier. A bit further down the road was some old stone buildings built up against a large rock. It was an old animal house and a larger one that had a place for animals and the hay loft.
A we drove we further north the rain started to come down in sheets and we groaned thinking it would be pouring at Seljalandsfoss. Once again luck was with us. The sun didn't come out but the rain stopped and the clouds were high. There were several buses there but not many people. When we went behind the falls for pictures we were the only ones. The rain coats and pants made it fun to go behind because we got very wet. What surprised me is the amount of wind a large falls like that makes.
We returned to Reykjavik and, surprise surprise, had kitchen sink scrambled eggs.
A full, satisfying day.