DAY TWO: Waterfalls Galore.
The second day of our Icelandic adventure in our Kuku camper meant we wanted to really see what Iceland had to offer. Ever since I was little I’ve been fascinated by waterfalls, and during this trip I had about a million I wanted to visit written down.
First up was Seljalandsfoss, another iconic Icelandic waterfall that is on the must visit list for most people. It’s special because you can walk behind it, and there’s often a rainbow gracing it’s shores on a sunny day. The water cascades 60m down and offers visitors the opportunity to walk behind it. We didn’t go behind it, because we knew of a more secret waterfall just a few hundred metres away.
If you go to Seljalandsafoss, you absolutely must visit Gljúfrabúi waterfall, which is to the left of Seljalandsfoss. If you keep walking to the left, you will first pass another small waterfall… keep going! Then, you will reach another waterfall that looks semi small in stature; this is our hidden waterfall. To the left of this is a small cave opening, that looks like it leads to nowhere. You will need to wear 100% waterproof gear and grippy shoes as it’s a very slippery path across rocks in the water. Follow the rocks towards the gushing sound and you’ll be rewarded with the secret waterfall.
Here, you’ll be able to climb a rock and get a really cool photo, and experience what it’s like to be at the bottom of a magical waterfall. This was a very special experience, but make sure you don’t bring camera gear or your phone unless they’re waterproof. I watched a poor guy ruin a lens as it got soaked!
Next on the list was Skogafoss, another very popular waterfall that is just breath taking. It’s one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a steep drop of 60m and around 25m wide. Skogafoss is legendary for rainbows, and we were lucky enough to see one of them when there weren’t many people there.
There is also a viewing platform at the top of Skogafoss, but be warned; the ascent is not for the unfit. Consisting of 527 steps all up, we had to stop a couple of times for a breather. The view at the top is so worth it, but if you’re afraid of heights I’d suggest giving the viewing platform a miss as you get REALLY high up.
At this stage we decided that we wanted to camp at Vik, so all that was left was to visit Dyraholaey & Reynishverfisvegur, the famous black sand beaches that have been featured in Game of Thrones recently. The waves are insanely powerful, and each year a few tourists drown because they ignore the signs about the waves.
I repeat, these are NOT normal waves. You’ll get sucked out in a minute, so please don’t attempt to go near the waves otherwise it may end in tragedy. We stopped at the black sand beaches and admired the stark contrast of the ocean to the black sand to the towering green cliffs… beautiful.
When we drove into Vik, a small white church high up on a hill instantly caught my eye. It had a beautiful red roof and was totally isolated. We drove up to it, and it was so gorgeous that I wanted to capture it from above. About 100m from the church is a grassy hill, and if you look hard enough there is a small worn path amongst the grass. Climb up this (yes, it’s bloody steep!), until you reach the top. Up there, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view over the entirety of Vik, some Icelandic horses and a small graveyard that was eerily beautiful.
That night we camped at the VIK campsite, which was 1500ISK per person. You had to pay an extra 200ISK each for a hot shower, and it was a little disappointing as there was no hot water when we showered. On the plus side, there was a massive, warm common room that had very fast wifi and great cooking facilities. Besides the showers, this was my favourite place we camped at.
The next day in Iceland was one of my favourites, with possibly the coolest hike in the world. Click HERE to read the Day Three Itinerary and the haunted hike story.