Iceland Day 3 - Rob van Praat

DAY 3

Route

Day 3 turned out to be a very busy day. We saw many beautiful sights. We only had 15 minutes left when we arrived in our guest house before the nearest restaurant (8km down the road) closed.


After a good night of sleep we woke up with the following view.

Morning view

After a few minutes driving we noticed a sign of the waterfall Urriðafoss and decided to check it out. It was pretty nice, but not that special as you can see on the right side.

We continued our trip to one of the most spectacular waterfalls of Iceland, Seljalandfoss. It's near road 1, hence easy to reach (very touristic). This waterfall is special as it's possible to walk around the waterfall, as you can see in the pictures.

A few hundred meters walking there's a hidden waterfall (Gljúfrafoss) in sort of a cave. It's possible to get there without getting your feet wet, but you'll have to set your feet carefully on a few rocks in the water to enter the cave.

Afterwards we got into our little Suzuki Jimny again and headed towards the waterfall Skogafoss. Unfortunately there was a filming crew that was allowed to use most of the space near the waterfall.

Urriðafoss

Seljalandfoss

Gljúfrafoss

Skógafoss

Skógafoss

After these waterfalls we went to the glacier Sólheimajökull where you could get very close as you can see.

Sólheimajökull

Next we went to a place I really wanted to visit, Dyrhólaey. It's an arched rock in the water on the south coast of Iceland. It's a unique sight. In the distance we could also see the Reynisdrangar.

Dyrhólaey

The Reynisfjara black beach was the next stop, with it's black sand, special basalt column rocks and to rock pillars in the ocean

Reynisfjara black beach

Further down road one there's a spot where there are hundreds of little and larger stone stacks (Laufskálavarða).


Continuing down road 1 we passed a big lava field where we stopped to take a few pictures. It's endless. Apparantly it takes hundreds of year before plants start growing on lava.

Laufskálavarða

Lava field

The next place is millions of years old, a beatiful fairy tail canyon, called Fjaðrárgljúfur.

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Our last stop of the day was Dverghamrar. A rock formation in the middle of a flat green. It was already getting pretty dark, so I had to use a long exposure on my camera to get decent pictures.

Dverghamrar

At our guest house, after dinner around midnight I went outside as my wife wanted me to take some pictures of the beautiful starry sky. By coincidence I captured the northern lights / aurora. Unfortunately I didn't see anything of it myself, as I had a very long exposure on my camera.

Looking at the stars

Northern lights / Aurora

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