Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Morning of Day 4 - Double Waterfall Day

Upon waking in our tent in Selfoss, we made some breakfast and continued east on Ring Road, first stopping at Seljalandsfoss in Hamragardar.
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The main fall was pretty interesting and you could walk around behind it, though there was a bit too much mist for more than an iphone pic (though I think it turned out to be one of the best of the trip):
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from behind the falls:

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The guidebooks say to make sure you have your water resistant shells on before heading behind it, but really- one one really exists in Iceland without the most utilitarian 'outdoorsy gear' hard shells and boots all the time.
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To the left of the main fall were two smaller ones, where elves live:
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We then hopped back on Ring Road, continuing east:
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Structures were traditionally built into the earth to store hay.
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I scared all the birds:
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Stopping next at Skogafoss in Skofgar, a classically-shaped rectangular waterfall that dropped 60m with a width of 25m. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum.
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On the left side of the falls is a set of metal stairs to the top,
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and once at the top you can climb a little wooden stepstool over a wire fence to a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. We didn't realize how far you could go and didn't have any provisions for a long trek, but spent a few hours hiking around.
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Back to the afternoon of Day 3, continue the rest of Day 4
or start at the beginning

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