Monday, October 17, 2016

Indulging Our Passion for Travel Along Iceland's South Coast



Stunning! We spent a day wandering along Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik to Vik and reveled in the dramatic natural splendor of Iceland. An adventure through the South Coast truly puts in perspective the forces at work within the Earth providing an amazing experience for families.



Legend says Skogafoss in Iceland is hiding at treasure behind it!
Legend says Skogafoss is hiding at treasure behind it!
The week leading up to our travels, we learned that one of Iceland's volcanoes, Katla, had been rumbling. So, it was incredible to travel in the region near that volcano and its friend Eyjafjallajökull  which erupted back in 2010. The scenery is just beautiful but you can definitely recognize the geological activities that are alive in the area.


Rainbow above Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland.
A rainbow gracing Skogafoss!
As we traveled, we were quickly entranced by waterfalls throughout. Some appeared almost as silver threads and others majestically thundered over cliffs surrounded by moss covered points. While visiting Skogafoss, we were treated to our first rainbow of the day. From what I have read, it seems that rainbows are pretty common at Skogafoss. So, definitely look for one when you visit! The legend is there is a treasure behind Skogafoss but I think Skogafoss is the treasure!


An arm of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier in Iceland.
An arm of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
From Skogafoss, we visited an arm of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier which is home to Katla. When Katla erupts, there will be melting of the glacier leading to flooding. You can walk up pretty close to the glacier or sign up for a glacier hike. The view is pretty impressive! While we were there, we experienced classic Icelandic weather with it being clear for about 15 minutes and then we were pelted by sleet for about 15 minutes. When we were ready to leave, it appeared to clear up again. 


Standing at the black sand beach in Vik, Iceland.
Standing in the black sand.

Next, we visited the famous black sand beach at Vik. The sand is made of basalt and is incredibly soft. Closer to the surf, you will find more of a pebble beach. On the beach, breathtaking sea stacks, Reynisdrangar, rise from the sea. Note the surf in the picture--this is not a place that you want to go in the water.


Basalt stacks Reynisdrangar at the black sand beach in Vik, Iceland.
Basalt stacks emerging on the the coast near Vik.
While at Reynisfjara, black sand beach, also check out the columns on the side of a cliff. Pretty cool! 



To me, this spot looks almost cathedral-like. Not long after that thought popped into my head, a couple came to have their wedding pictures taken at the site.



We really fell in love with Reynisfjara and would love to visit the area again. Really somewhere you want to spend time being in the moment!


Wedding pictures being taken at Reynisfjara in Iceland.
Wedding at Reynisfjara.
Also in Vik is the location where Icewear makes some of their woolens. Not everything they sell is made in Iceland, so be sure to check labels and ask. But, it is cool to see where they sew!


Icewear factory in Vik, Iceland.

On our way back to Reykjavik, we stopped at Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the waterfall. Truly an amazing experience but I do caution you to be sure you have good footing. Much of the path consists of rock which becomes very slick when wet. 


Seljalandsfoss  Waterfall in Southern Iceland gives a unique vantage point allowing visitors to walk behind.
Seljalandsfoss gives a unique vantage point allowing visitors to walk behind.



I would be remiss if I did not mention the adorable Icelandic sheep! Keep an eye out on the mountains---they are surprisingly agile climbers! (The larger white dots in the photo below are sheep!)



The South Coast is entirely spectacular! If you are planning a trip to Iceland, definitely put this adventure on your list. I have to say that our experience was on of the most inspiring I have had thus far!
**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.





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