Hella Things to Do Tips by smirnofforiginal
Hella Things to Do: 6 reviews and 15 photos
My Lonely Planet described this as one of their favourite places in iceland... for me, after having my breath taken completely away by Dyrhólaey and then being left speechless by the ever so slightly calmer beauty of wild Reynisfjara, Vik was not quite able to compete. It is a nice village with some good views and more black sands. There is more green here and so it feels a little softer and more welcoming.
My Lonely Planet only afforded Reynisfjara a few sentences and I suppose, other than saying that it is a volcanic (black) beach with splendid views back down to Dyrhólaey and has a superb display of basalt columns, there is not a lot else to say! It is, however, a beautiful spot. Beautiful in its loneliness and solitude. Not as brutal as its formidable and unstoppable sister at Dyrhólaey but the sea here is still to be feared and awed, respected and not toyed with.
The black sands, grey, thundering sea, huge columns like an organ for Poseidon and dark sky make this a wild and forlone place to be. I loved it. I was lucky enough for it to hail here - huge chunky balls of icy white against the otherwise black backdrop - spectacular!
Directions: after Dyrhólaey, just before you get to Vik.
I think this has to be one of my very favourite places in Iceland. It was so incredibly dramatic and alive. The energy of the swollen sea crashing, smashing and pounding everything it could reach - relentless and formidable. Dyrholaey is best known and recognised for its huge arch of stone... but it was the hungry, merciless sea that had me absolutely enthralled, here.
The sea was an angry grey, the beach and the rocks black and charcoal and the sky a colour somewhere in between. The hail storm was severe; giant, white ball of ice that whipped and stung us,,, but it was all part of this wonderful, wonderful place,,, this really could be the land that time forgot - untame and untameable!
(and the drive from the main road to here is tantilising too)
Skogafoss is a big, angry, powerfall (but beautiful) waterfall. It thunders down from the cliff top stream that feeds it, smashing the black volcanic ash. The colours here are borderline technicolour - the back volcanic ash, the green, green grash and the white spray from the falls.
Climb to the top - you may have to take a small pause on the way up... there are many steps!!!
Once at the top you can look down and follow the water's drop (dizzy dizzy!) before climbing over the style to take a walk along the stream that eventually becomes the falling water. It is beautiful and, if the sight does not take your breath away, the chances are the wind will!!!
Skogafoss is 62m high. Apparently a man called Prasi, hid a chest of gold behind the falls and sometimes you can almost see it... glittering away, sparkling..... I am not sure but I did find a rainbow to go over.
Seljalandsfoss is beautiful, tall and tumbling.
Make sure you have your waterproofs on and be careful with your camera because you can walk around the back of the waterfall and you will, naturally, get rather wet!
You can also go down, behind the falls, to the green pool that the water cascades into - NB here you WILL get drenched!
There are other waterfalls along this stretch and plenty of brooks trailing off from them. It is a very pretty place to take a small walk.
Directions: Seljalandsfoss is conveniently along the ring road - you merely have to pull and into the car park!
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