The 5th day in Iceland was just as amazing as the 4th day! I'd say the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is still my favorite, but this road-tripping day is up there! The scenery was completely different than what we had seen the day before and had us again awe-struck and speechless.
The most interesting thing was the weather this day. We had heard that in Iceland you can experience all of the elements within 5 minutes of one another, but until this point we hadn't actually experienced that. In our 6-hour up-and-back road trip we ended up driving through blizzard conditions, clear-skied sunshine, rain, and hail. Fortunately I had layered my clothing because if I hadn't I would have been SOL.
Our road trip only included three stops this time, but the three stops were first and foremost breathtaking, but also along roads that we could pull over to see random views, and really take our time while we drove and explored.As I discussed in yesterday's post, I HIGHLY recommend renting a car and planning your own tours/roadtrips as the experience becomes more personal and allows for more flexibility. Plus, it's way cheaper!
So, let's get to the point:
Stop #1- Skogafoss Waterfall
When you leave Reykjavik to head to the south coast of Iceland you are going to take the circle road that circles the entire island. The closest waterfall is actually the last one we stopped at because we decided to visit it on the way back from our journey. Instead of making a big circle like we did the day before this was an up-and-back trip.
Skogafoss waterfall is absolutely massive and you can walk right up to wear the water comes crashing down. The closer you get the wetter you will get so be weary if it's cold and you don't want to get your clothes wet. We loved seeing such a gigantic beauty and we ended up picnic lunching here because the weather was sunny and warm (well warmer than it had been).
Stop #2- Vik Black Sand Beach
Vic's black sand beach is notorious for anyone that thinks of Iceland. They're featured in Game of Thrones, their pictures are plastered over any tourism sight, and they really should not be missed.
The drive from Skogafoss to the beaches was only about 20 minutes but this was one of the freaky weather changes I was talking about. We went up into a mountain range and started seeing cloudy skies, we then came back down the other side to where the beaches were and the same cloudy skies prevailed.
Fortunately the rain held off but just as we left, rain and hail started and definitely ruined a few people's days.
The black sand beaches are every bit as beautiful and daunting as you can imagine. The one thing that surprised me was just how massive the area is. There are huge stacks and cliffs right on the beach. The stone pillars that you see in the pictures are actually HUGE! It's a breathtaking experience and I would put it maybe in my top 10 places I've visited.
Stop #3- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
This time we head back north east on the road we took in to stop at our last glorious waterfall. Selljalandsfoss is a waterfall that you can actually walk behind. Due to us being there in the dead of winter though, the access was frozen off so we had to enjoy from a bit further away.
This was again a beautiful sight and we enjoyed photos and crashing water. Also at this waterfall is a food truck that serves delicious hot chocolate and sandwiches which is good for you all to know in terms of planning lunch while you're out and about.
Another fun fact for those of you that are planning your days: the Saljalandsfoss road exit is the same you would take for popular tours such as dog-sledding... so think about that!
I hope all of these have been helpful! Day #5 was our last day besides our travel day, so the mini-series is almost over! Tomorrow I'm going to recap all of the days with more of a tip/tricks/advice type vibe. It's my hope that this series can be helpful to each and every one of you while you're planning your Iceland itineraries! Happy Travels!