On this 4th day in Iceland we woke up nice and early
and headed out for our full day of adventure.
Our first stop was a hike at Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon.
The views were so beautiful...you can walk along the ridge at the top
or enter the canyon below and traverse across the creek as we did.
It's a good idea to have on water shoes or shoes that can get wet
and also to have on pants that can be
rolled up if you decide to do this as you will have to cross the creek
several times depending on how deep you go into the canyon.
After exploring at the canyon for a while
we headed towards the town of Vik.
We stopped for a bite to eat at Restaurant Vikurskali
(not the best but good enough)
Then we did some shopping at the shop Ice Wear.
We stopped along the way to take a closer look
at the moss covered lava rocks.
So bouncy and fun!
More lupines and a beautiful church.
The black sand beach was breathtaking.
I could have spent the whole day there just walking along the shore.
We continued along and made our way to the starting point for our
almost 5 mile roundtrip hike to see the wreckage of the
DC 3 plane crash along the shores of the beach.
It really was worth the long and very windy walk from the road.
Wear a windbreaker and bring a hat. Don't underestimate the wind!
Also, bring a backpack with water and something to munch on.
We are so glad we pushed through and saw this amazing site.
Our next stop was the waterfall Skogafoss!!
WOW...WOW...WOW...loved this waterfall.
If you want to get close to this beauty...and not get soaked...
you will need something like this!
We then made our way to a hidden spot very close to Skogafoss
that I had discovered during my research.
I say "hidden spot" because it's not in any guide books I looked at...
and because there was only one other person there during our visit!
Here is the link to the information that helped us locate
this beautiful and serene waterfall called Kvernufoss.
See that ladder in the picture below?
You will climb over this and stay to your left.
Follow the path along the river until you get to the waterfall.
The grounds of the museum had some beautiful examples
of turf houses and gorgeous gardens...
If this wasn't enough...we still had another amazing
place to visit on our epic day in Vik and the surrounding areas...
the Seljavallalaug Pool.
If you decide to visit this location here are my tips:
~ Wear good hiking shoes to get there
~ Bring water shoes to wear while in the pool
as there is alot of algae and is sort of gross
~ Try to have your bathing suit on under your clothes
because the changing rooms leave much to be desired
~ This is not a "serviced" location...meaning...
there is no restroom. There is nothing except the pool
and the cement building that acts as a "changing room"
but resembles a prison from a horror flick
Despite all this...it's worth it!
This place felt surreal. Like a dream.
The surroundings are so beautiful.
Our last quick stop of the day was to see the
waterfall Seljalandsfoss but I didn't even
get out of the car because I was exhausted!
Thanks for visiting!
Day 5 will be next!!