Peaches Prattlings

{November 10, 2016}   Day 4…Iceland… Waterfalls, waterfalls, more waterfalls and puffins, oh my!

Today was a day of discovery. What would we discover on our travels?

We started off by picking Victor’s brain on where to go and what to see when we go south. First, picked up a rental car, ahh…five speed, I’ve missed you. We headed south towards the city of Vik.

Our first stop, Hveragerði,  the surrounding area is part of the Hengillcentral volcano, and is geothermally active and experiences very frequent (usually minor) earthquakes. The town is known for its greenhouses, which are heated by hot water from volcanic hot springs.

We were trying to find the thermal pools, turns out you can only get to them on a hike up the mountain with a guide. So, we took a nice little stroll around the block and down Mud Alley.

Back in the car for our next port of call was to be a town known for its greenhouses and tomatoes, our gps got a little confused and we missed the turn. Not to worry friends, our next stop made up for it. 

Seljalandsfoss, an amazing waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls and natural wonders in Iceland. The waterfall drops 60 m (197 ft) and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull. One of the interesting things about this waterfall is that visitors can walk behind it into a small cave.
It was amazing and breathtaking and inspirational and awesome and… we walked up and around the back of the waterfall, looked through it, felt the awesome power behind it. 

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After our tour of the waterfall, we strolled down to the next one. This one was in a cave, PSM braved it and walked through the cave. The photos are fuzzy due to the water spraying on my phone. 

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It was a lovely stop, so powerful, a perfect reason to stop. 

We got back into the car to look at the black lake and then on to our next place of awe and wonder, Skógafoss.

Skógafoss (pronounced [ˈskou.aˌfɔs]) is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.

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Was that amazing or what?!

One of the main reasons for coming to Iceland, which I just found out, was PSM wanted to find Opus, and all his puffin friends. Alas, as it turns out, the puffins have all migrated for the winter, apparently we need to go to Ireland..sounds good to me!

We still went up, drove the very curvy road until we reached the pinnacle. oh my word! The view, the splendor, the black sand beach below, the cliff, the arch, the bluffs. 

When we had our full, if that’s even possible, we drove back down the mountain, into the town of Vik and found a place to stay and then in search of food. We found a nice, homey place to eat some dinner, it was definitely cozy and popular.

Now, at the hotel, warm and cozy and ready for what awaits us tomorrow!


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