Roadtrippin’ – Day 2 – South Iceland

We woke up early from our well deserved nap and started getting ready for the latter half of our road trip through South Iceland.  But before we would be on our way we had to shower and wake up with some tea. For some reason, being exhausted or otherwise, Suriel thought the creamer Anthony and I were using for our tea  was actually yogurt – Thus he though we were drinking tea with yogurt in it. To Anthony and I it was the funniest thing we had heard all morning (but I guess you had to be there).

We showered and had our tea peacefully on the porch while the owner’s annoying, but very cute, dog was jumping up and down getting out attention and occasional love (You can see the dog and our tea in the below video). The dog was so obsessed with being our friends, we had to pull some tricky maneuvers so it wouldn’t jump in the car with us as we left. We figured it out and left the AirBnB with the dog on our trail and were on route to our first destination of the day; Reynisfjara.

Reynisfjara

Reynisfjara is known for its precarious waver, called “Sneaker Waves”. The word sneaker is not referring to footwear but the act of being sneaky, which these waves have allegedly perfected. The waves are known to “sneak” up on  people as they are looking at the incredible, yet powerful, waves and rock formations and all of a sudden a wave sneaks up behind them and pulls them out to sea. This results in death at least a few times a year.

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With an incessant need to climb things, Suriel clambered up these rocks known as Reynisdranger.
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Anthony stands (overexposed) in a cave on a black san beach

Pictured above are some of the numerous dead fish we found on the beach. As we explored the beach we came to notice more and more washed up small dead fish the further away we walked from the majorly tourist section.

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My face after I realized that my hands and camera were going to stink for two days after holding a dead fish head
I found this pretty large fish-head among the other small dead fish, and for some reason I thought it would be a bright idea to pick it up. Little did I realize that not only would the rotting fish smell be on my gloves and fingers, but on my camera too.

The smell lingered until we got back to Reykjavik where I could clean everything – This prompted us to drive with the windows down for a period of time.

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I officially renamed this “Rabbit Rock”
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From Reynisfjara we could see our next destination through the heavy fog; Dyrhólaey.
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With the conspicuous “Rabbit” shape of the rock, you know I had to get a picture. If the joke is going over your head still, press here.

Dyrhólaey

 Dyrhólaey was only about a 20 minute drive away so we were there in no time. It was a cool place, but I was left wanting a bit more as there were no puffins as advertised on our tourist map.

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On the top right you can see “Rabbit Rock” and the other rock formations of Reynisfjara looming in the background.

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It was still cold and windy making it hard to spend any large chunk of time outside on an an elevated rock by the ocean, so we were only here long enough to take a few pictures. You can get a sense of the weather and wind by watching the above video. ΔΔΔ

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A different perspective of Reynisfjara.
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Skógafoss

Skogafoss was one of the larger  waterfalls we saw the day prior on our road trip so we were all excited to be able to go check it out and walk so close to it. It was filled with tourists as it was right off the main highway with a huge parking lot to accommodate the coach buses who were doing tours of Iceland. But the large crowds it attracted were justified as one could walk all the way to the base of the waterfall, which we of course did (while getting soaked). Though we got closer than the pictures below show, the mist made it impossible to take a clear photo due to water gathering on the lens.

That is okay though as it gave us a chance to appreciate the power and beauty of this waterfall unobstructed by a lens or screen of any kind.

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There also was a huge staircase made of metal and wood that went up the side of the waterfall, bringing you to the very top of it. Suriel and I immediately jumped on the opportunity and began to make our way up the stairs, which quickly proved to be more taxing than we expected.

The below video shows how steep the stairs were so check that out. ∇∇∇

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What it looked like from the top
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As we left this waterfall and were on our way to the next one, we made a few stops; one to see sheep and the other to see a hut/cave built into a hillside.

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Built into the hillside

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss might have been the best waterfall experience we had on our whole trip; That means something as we saw more waterfalls than I could keep track of.

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Not only was this waterfall tall and powerful, but there was an accessible pathway to walk behind it. No written word can do this experience justice so I implore you to look at the photos and just keep in mind that they do not communicate even half of the enormity and intensity that made our experience what it was.

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Watch the above video to get a sense of what it was like ΔΔΔ

I think it would be fair to say that we were all humbled (and soaked) by th​​e power and beauty of Seljalandsfoss.

After our intense moment walking behind a waterfall was over, we got in the car, turned on the heater to bring our numb hands back to life, and made our way back to Reykjavik. Our next day was going to be another cold and long day filled with things you could only see and do in Iceland.

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