Now that really is a mouthful!
We left the highlands this morning under clear cold skies and headed south and then east to Smyrlabjorg where we will spend the next four nights. Along the way we made several stops to take in this ever changing landscape. First stop, Skogafoss.
One of the largest waterfalls in Iceland with a drop of 200 feet at the cliffs of the former coastline. The coastline, over the years, has receded toward the sea a distance of 5 km. Skogafoss and the former cliffs remain and form a natural demarcation between the coastland lowlands and the highlands. As you can see, on a sunny day it produces a pretty neat rainbow. We actually had a double rainbow for just a bit this morning. This shot was taken from a point about halfway up the falls . Do you notice the face looking at the falls?
From Skogafoss we headed east toward the village of Vik. Just west of Vik is a black sand beach, Dyrholaey, with Basalt cliffs and several sea stacks.
This was shot from inside a shallow cave looking out at the sea.
Some of the Basalt columns along the cliffs above the beach …..ok, where’s Waldo?
From here we made our way along Route 1, the ring road as it’s called here, to the glacier lagoon known as Jokulsarlon. Along the way we had to stop at one more waterfall. This one probably has a name, we just don’t know it. I’m calling it Route 1 Waterfall.
As you can probably tell, waterfalls are all over Iceland. All shapes and sizes.
Just a taste of the glacial lagoon. Tomorrow we spend the day here!
Changing landscape and so many memorable places, a fantastic experience!
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