Our last full day of our trip ended perfectly with a lot of waterfalls. *cue TLC*
Our first stop was Seljandfoss which is about an hour and a half drive from Reykjavík. There was a small fee for parking but they had a small souvenir shop and food place specializing in donuts. This was probably my favorite waterfall because you get to walk behind it! If that’s not cool enough we also got to see a couple get engaged underneath it so take notes boys cause that’s goals right there.
Next we took a 20 minute drive to Skogafoss. At Skogafoss you can climb to the top of the waterfall (if you can make it up the 400+ steps) and there’s even more waterfalls behind it. Devin and I made the climb and realized this but we didn’t have enough time to fully walk the trail (I think it’s like 26 km long so no one actually has that time) but I would say to take the venture to the top because the views are so worth it.
Reynisfara Beach or “Black Sand Beach” was our next stop, only about a 15 minute drive from Skogafoss. There’s a parking lot and a small restaurant with public restrooms (that you have to pay for) right off the beach. There a huge cave from the salt rock formations and large rocks out in the ocean that remind you of The Goonies. Anyhow, stay away from the water and waves. They’re SUPER strong and have taken people out in the rip current and never brought them back – there’s even a few signs that say this at the entrance to the beach.
At this beach you really get to see the diversity of Iceland’s landscape. Mountains with glaciers in the distance, flat farmland, a small lake, cliffs, and a black sand beach next to the ocean. We literally stood there and took it all in awe.
On our way back to Reykjavík, we pulled into the parking lot of the DC Plane Crash that led to a path that took you to the actual plane. Only problem was that it was a 45 MINUTE WALK and when you spend your whole day in car and traveling the last thing you want to do is walk 6 miles in an hour and 30 minutes. Don’t get me wrong – the history behind the plane was cool. It was a Navy plane that crash landed in WW2 when it ran out of fuel and everyone on board miraculously survived but it was just not worth the walk to me. SORRY. If you have bikes or take a tour, I’d probably check it out just to see people that climb up on top of it try to get down again but other than that it’s just eh.
On a high note from our disappointing and tiring walk from the plane, it was a clear night and you know what that means… NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNTING. We were all exhausted but Devin and I finally got the energy to travel back to Thingvellir to give the lights one last shot and BOY am I happy that we did. First, if you appreciate a clear sky full of stars you will LOVE Iceland. I’ve been to some desolate places and saw a lot of starts but I’ve never seen so many stars in my entire life. They were everywhere and it was jaw dropping. Anyway…. we saw the greenish gray streaks that I described in my other post but after waiting about 20 minutes and traveling to a few spots we finally got to see what we were dreaming of!! I was getting a picture of Devin with the green streaks when I noticed that they were getting brighter and brighter. All of the sudden it looked like the streaks exploded and the lights started to dance all across the sky!
I won’t lie.. we both cried a little but seeing he Northern Lights has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl so I got a little emotional because it exceeded my expectations and it was the best possible way to spend our last night there. And we were bumping Lil Uzi the whole ride home to cap off the best trip of my life!!!
Thank you Iceland for all the memories. If I ever get another chance to come back, we’ll meet again.