Iceland – South Shore Drive

We meant to get en route on our drive down Iceland’s highway 1 down to Vik early. But not all best laid plans come into fruition.

The night before, we fell asleep at like, 9pm due to a combination of not sleeping on our red-eye over and jet lag. This meant we both were awake for a few hours in the middle of the night. And we slept through the 8am alarm we set.

We woke up at 10am, a little panicked. Because the sun starts setting earlier, we wanted to make sure we had enough time to do want we wanted to do. We set our GPS for Skógafoss and hit the road with a couple of granola bars and tubs of skyr.

We still had about half an hour before we were supposed to be arriving Skógafoss, but we saw a waterfall on the side of a cliff in the distance. Ethan was convinced that this was it, and I said there was no way. That’s definitely a waterfall, but not the one I had seen, and the GPS told us there was still 30 minutes to go.

This, we figured out, was Seljalandsfoss.

It turns out that this is what Ethan thought Skógafoss, so he did intend to stop here. I guess we were both right?

Some of the pathways were closed because it’s so icy. We went up the stairs to the left of the waterfall. The stairs were coated in at least 3 inches of pure ice. After a purchase of a postcard in the little gift shop,

we made our way to the real Skógafoss.

Skógafoss was our favourite waterfall we saw during our trip. You can also go up the stairs beside the waterfall (make sure you are prepared for some CARDIO.) I believe if you continue on the path up there, you can find another hidden waterfall. We didn’t really have time to search for it, so we continued on our way.

We stopped for some light cliff viewing

on our continued adventure to Vik and the black sand beaches. We also spared a moment to pet an Icelandic horse.

Before finally arriving at Reynisfjara

AKA Iceland’s black sand beaches. I don’t know why I was surprised at how busy it was there, but I was. It was pretty packed with tourists. We were still able to marvel at the wonders of Reynisfjara.

We started the final leg of our journey to Vik

The defining site of Vik, the church, was our first stop. It was a gorgeous view of the city and the cliffs we were at earlier. We stopped at The Soup Company for a very late lunch before making our way home.

For more on our trip to Iceland, check out my other posts.

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