Travelogue: Scandiscursion – Chasing Waterfalls

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I’m already consumed with nostalgia as I write this post. Iceland was more than a natural paradise, but a reminder of the joys of being outside and the push to adventure further, higher, deeper.

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Our road trip in Iceland continued from the Golden Circle along the south coast of the island. I wish we were able to  make a big loop around the country but with our limited time, it wasn’t possible. Not having the chance to see the north is a reason to return one day in the future.

Seljalandsfoss

This must be one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, because when I think of the country this picture comes to mind. But no matter how many images you see online, there’s a different feeling when you’re up close, when you can feel the mist, when you hear the thundering roar of the water, when your mind is consumed with feelings of awe and wonder… this is the value of seeing things with your own eyes (& heart).

The waterfall is narrow, yet dropping some 60 meters from a sharp cliff. A walking path lets you walk behind and through to the other side. It’s wet!

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“Child of Mine, come as you grow in youth you will learn the secret places the cave behind the waterfall the arms of the oak that hold you high the stars so near on a desert ledge …the important places.
And, as with age, you choose your own way among the many faces of a busy world may you always remember the path that leads back. …back to the important places.”

Before leaving we climbed above the waterfall along the face of the cliff and we could see the waterfall from another perspective. We climbed a little further and found a small cave like spot, where birds must have been nesting and resting.

Eyjafjallajökull, location of the 2010 volcanic eruption

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This was a quick stop to see where the 2010 eruption took place. It was a small, off-the-road, parking spot with a sign. It’s hard to see the mountainous range behind the clouds where the eruption took place, but it’s pretty amazing to see a country rebound the way it did from such a catastrophe.

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Skógafoss

Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a width of 25 meters (82 ft). I think this was one of my favourite waterfalls! It’s hard to have a favourite but we were able to spot a double rainbow, which made it even more special!

I felt like a child the whole trip, in the sense that the simplest of things were bringing me so much joy! The rainbow, the sunshine, the blue sky – it’s the simple things that are sometimes the most meaningful.

There was a trail with stairs that allowed people to walk up and along the side of the waterfall. At the end of the stairs, you’re practically above the waterfall and you can see the water gushing over the edge.

(make sure you take your time on the stair and spot the little paths to your left that let you get closer to the waterfall)

img_2630Also so many sheep in Iceland!!!!

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Above & around Skógafoss was hiking trails that went as far as the horizon. You could keep following the mighty rivers that led to Skógafoss.

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“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” — Edward Abbey

VÍK

The  southernmost village in Iceland. A beautiful, small, quiet, and quaint place to breathe.

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Reynisfjara

Reynisfjara beach is a beautiful black sand beach in the village. The beach is characterized by the natural column-pyramid rock formations in the distance.

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There’s something calming about ending the day sitting on rocks and hearing the sound of the waves. The sun was setting and the sky was warm – this is to find peace.

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