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July 24, 2015

Two Weeks in Iceland, Day 3: Seljalandsfoss, Seljavallalaug, Skógafoss & Vík

We awoke on day three only to be reminded of the unfortunate situation we were in. Our car problems seemed to be tough to fix on a Sunday. It turned out that only one garage in the whole of Iceland is open on Sundays and able to fix a flat tyre, so after an hour on the phone to the rental company we decided to backtrack almost all the way back to Reykjavik. This turned out to be a minor setback, and we were lucky to only spend 2,000 Ikr to have the tyre patched. Back on the road we picked up the day's planned schedule - first stop Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss is one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland, and for good reason.

You can walk behind the massive waterfall, feel its power and get soaked by the spray!

A short distance away from the main falls is a smaller "hidden waterfall" which you can view from inside a cave, or from above - we did both! 

Every now and then, while driving, you would find yourself in a particular location that was too good not to pull over and walk amongst. The lush, green mountain landscape of day three's drive necessitated many stops.

Seljavallalaug - an amazing old hidden pool in the mountains was my favourite spot for the day. The semi-abandoned natural hot spring pool set amongst snowy, mist-topped mountains is a surreal place to take a dip. This spontaneous stop-off was exactly the kind of Iceland experience I had been imagining for months.

With time on our side (thanks to 24-hour daylight!) we continued sightseeing for the rest of the day at another waterfall called Skógafoss and the black beach near Vík.

Dinner was fish stew in Vík and then we finally made it to our lodging in Hrifunes, the day's scenery still vivid in my mind: glaciers, mountains, rolling greenery, sheep, horses, cliffs, blue skies and birds.

To be continued

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