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Published: November 12th 2017
Again up & out by 8:30am. My turn to drive again which was interesting as it was still very windy so I took it steady. We first visited Fjarđrárgljúfur canyon which was cool, but as with other sites the light was a bit too dim for good photos. Although that didn’t stop a couple of professional(?) photographers who had camped out in the best position waiting for the sun to make an appearance! We think some of Game of Thrones was filmed here too. We continued heading west along the 1 to Vík where we stopped for a toilet break and then realised we’d accidentally parked by the track to the beach we had planned to visit! We braved the wind & rain to get to the black sand beach at Reynisdrangar to see the basalt sea stacks – legend have it that some of the stacks are the masts of a ship that trolls tried to steal but the sun came up & turned them & the ship to stone. The wind got up & the sand really stung so we returned to the car and drove around the headland to Dyrhólaey to see the famous sea arch… It was
View coming out from behind the waterfall
even wetter & windier here and to be honest the arch wasn’t as impressive as the one we say on Sunday on Snæfellsnes.
We then visited Skógafoss which was very powerful & tall. We didn’t walk to the top which was a good as I’d managed to leave the keys in the car after lunch! Luckily everything was still there when we got back, phew! We then went to Sejalandsfoss & walked behind it, then strolled along to Gljúfurárfoss where Chavaunne & I dared the challenge of jumping from stone to stone up the stream through a ravine to get to the bottom of Gljúfurárfoss. On the way back to the car Vicky found a couple of fish in the stream – quite impressive size given how small the stream was.
On the way to the horse farm we were staying on tonight we squeezed in another lovely waterfall visit stopping at Urrigafoss on the river Þjórsá – the longest river in Iceland! We were staying in the Wee Cosy House on Arnessyslu horse farm. We went to say hello to the horses but they were busy munching their supper & didn’t want to come over to see
us. Given how many Icelandic horses we've driven past & that I'm on holiday with two very horsey people I'm anazed we made it this long before going to say hello to some! I cooked Brociflower Cheese* for our supper & managed to set off the smoke alarm AND trip the fuses twice
! With the help of some wine supper was completed sucessfully & was very tasty. Oh & Chavaunne found a lenscap that fit her camera so spent the evening cleaning it up! We like to think the person who lost it was travelling around Iceland the other way & found her's lost on day 1.
(*A regular meal in our house consisting of broccoli, cauliflower & pasta in a cheese sauce. If you have the patience it’s best put under the grill to crisp up the top as we did here!)
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