South Shore Track - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Myrdalsjokull Glacier, Skogarfoss Waterfall

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Our tour compnay "Iceland On Track" will pick us up from our hotel between 0830 and 0900.  It's going to be a 8-10 hour day, can't wait!!  We are up at 0630 and getting ready for the day.  This tour by far was the best!!!  We climbed into a Nissan Patrol(Super Truck as they call it). There was six of us total. The driver Helgi, a couple from England, a man from Ireland, and us two. We all had a great time!!!

Our first stop was Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. 

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6.

Seljalandsfoss is situated in between Selfoss and Skogafoss at the road crossing of Route 1 (the Ring Road) with the track going into Þórsmörk.

Skogarfoss Waterfall

This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 meters over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall.

Our next stop was Skogarfoss Waterfall.

The waterfall Skógafoss, IPA['skou.aˌfos], is situated in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded into the sea (it is now at a distance of about 5 km from Skógar), the cliffs stayed behind parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometers, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the Lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.

The Skógafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.

Skogarfoss Waterfall
Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. A local boy found the chest years later, but was only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again.

At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Þórsmörk on the other side and continues as the famous Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar.

Our next stop was the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. 

Mýrdalsjökull, IPA['mirtalsˌj�"ːkʏtl ], literally the ice cap in the marsh valley, is a glacier in the south of Iceland.

Mike and I on Myrdalsjokull Glacier
It is situated to the north of Vík í Mýrdal and to the east of the smaller glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Its peak reaches 1,493 m in height and in 1980 it covered an area of 595 km².

The ice-cap of the glacier covers an active volcano called Katla. The crater of the volcano has a diameter of 10 km and the volcano erupts normally every 40 - 80 years. As the last eruption took place in 1918, scientists are monitoring the volcano very carefully. Since 930, 16 eruptions have been documented. The Laki craters and the Eldgjá being part of the same volcanic system, it can be regarded as one of the most powerful in the world.

Before the hringvegur (Iceland's road no.1) had been constructed, people feared traversing the plains in front of the volcano because of the frequent glacier runs and the deep rivers to be crossed.

The Atlantic Ocean
Especially dangerous was the glacier run after the eruption of 1918 when the coastline was extended by 5 km by laharic flood deposits.

After a long day viewing waterfalls and walking on glaciers. We decided to do the Northern Lights Tour. The day was sunny and almost cloud free, we felt it would be a good night to see the lights. We got back to our room around 1830 from the South Shore excursion. We ate dinner in the hotel and took a nap. Our Northern Lights tour did not start till 2200. We meet downstaris in the lobby at 2200 and headed on out for the tour. We drove about thirty miles out of Reykjavik. We got out a started looking up to the sky. It was a cold night with a full moon. The moon spoiled it a little bit. The northern lights start moving across the sky in waves and they change sizes. The green color of the lights was so beautiful.

The Atlantic Ocean
They come and go very slowly or they can come and go quickly. They dropped us off at the hotel around 0100. We were both dead tired and slept in the next morning.

Our last trek for the day was a drive to the Atlantic ocean and the beautiful black beaches. The cliffs were absolutely beautiful and the wind was blowing really hard. It made it hard to take pictures. We drove along the beach and climbed a few dunes, then we drove back to the road and drove to the top of the cliff to a lighthouse. The views were astonishing!!! I have never seen anything like it. So beautiful!!

Lord_Mike says:
I have heard of the black beaches!
Posted on: Feb 17, 2009
babyaly1 says:
So different to see your pictures with green in them ! Most of mine are all snow :o)
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
babyaly1 says:
How is the nightlife in Reykjavik ??? I am going in January !! It will be sooo cold ! Did you see the Nothern Lights ??
Posted on: Oct 23, 2008
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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skogarfoss Waterfall
Skogarfoss Waterfall
Skogarfoss Waterfall
Skogarfoss Waterfall
Mike and I on Myrdalsjokull Glacier
Mike and I on Myrdalsjokull Glacier
The Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean
Super Truck
Super Truck
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