South Coast Waterfalls

This is Heba, my host at Guesthouse Heba. She was showing me the Icelandic genealogy website that put her at the 29th generation from the first Viking to come to Iceland. If you know any Icelandic people, here’s the website in English.

Here come waterfalls… in the RAIN… from guidetoiceland.is “The whole area is geologically very young, formed during the last Ice Age by the lava flows from numerous volcanoes in the area. The lowlands are surrounded by volcanically active mountains, notably Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla.” These are the two volcanoes I could see from my balcony at Guesthouse Heba. What a stroke of luck that yesterday it was a sunny.

From the road.
Seljalandsfoss, an excellent waterfall whose claim to fame is that you can walk behind it. The path starts at the circle…
…and ends at this slippery and often handrail-free stairs.
That walk behind the falls isn’t going to be for me this time, so wet, so slippery, no handrails.
On the right you can see an easy walk “after visiting Seljalandsfoss, it is common for visitors to continue north to the waterfall Gljúfrabúi, which is found partially hidden behind a rock face…
…Because of Seljalandsfoss extreme popularity, Gljúfrabúi is widely considered the hidden gem of the scene, as it is too often overlooked.”
Not going in there either!
I took a side trip to look at some sites from the Saga of Burnt Njal. Everyone in Iceland knows it and Les gave me the book to read before I left, so I know it too. I swung through Oddi and Hvolsvollur and although there wasn’t anything to see related to the saga I did get to see…
…adorable children! I think you can see five kids here, there were more, scrambling over this tractor. I caught the teacher’s eye, pointed at my camera, she smiled back..Click! Can you imagine a nursery school teacher taking a bunch of little ones out to an active farm yard to climb on machines? I was happy for them.
A roadside attraction, an old church with a long story. Trolls are involved.
Skógafoss [ˈskouː(ɣ)aˌfɔsː], one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. Notice that path up to a viewing platform. Nope, not doing that either – it’s raining and slippery and I am being careful.
Wow.
Hoping it would stop raining I went out at 10pm for a drive to the puffin cliffs, the black sand beach, and the Basalt columns on the beach at Reynisfjara. No luck but maybe I’ll try again in the morning. That’s a restaurant btw, already closed for the night.
Reynisdrangar ​[ˈreiːnɪsˌtrauŋkar̥]

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