Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Iceland - Day 1

When your flight lands at 4:30am, you pick up a rental car in the dark and you start driving in a place where you struggle to pronounce anything on the map - it's a big victory to have found a bakery for breakfast. In this case, the chocolate croissant felt like a trophy.
Our day consisted of finding spots I had marked on a Google map - some of them were easier to find that others. First up was Seljalandsfoss, which you can hike all the way around (see the trail behind it?). It was in the high 40's (F) and pretty washed out on one side, so we just hiked up to both of the sides and took some photos underneath.
Right next to that waterfall was this waterfall. So many waterfalls and I never get tired of them.
Next up was a hike into the Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool. The views were amazing.
Built with three concrete sides and one side mountain, I found this one sight not to miss. At 25 meters long, this pool is full of thermal waters brought in from a small PVC pipe. 
The next waterfall was even bigger than the last ones! Skógafoss is on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland and offers a hike up beside it - almost as many stairs as the Great Wall (okay, maybe not that many). It's hard to tell, since I managed to take this with no tourists in it, but it's 60 meters tall and 25 meters wide. 
Last up on our tour of beauty for the day was Dyrhólaey (which was behind me when I took this picture, but I thought this side of the beach was nice too). The black sand and the river meeting the sea was amazing.
If you look way out, you can see the arches in the rock, which is the actual formation named in the caption above. It was so windy and cold that we took some photos from afar and didn't hike in too much. It was still pretty to see.
We checked into our cabin by the sea at Icelandair Hotel Vik. While I would describe it as very modest, it was clean and close to the water. We explored the town a little bit, had coffees, dinner at the hotel and crashed by 8:30pm. A pretty wild, but much deserved early night! Thanks for stopping by!

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