Iceland: Skaftafell to Reykjavík (chasing waterfalls)

This is post 8/10 of our Iceland trip in October 2017.

Day 8: Skaftafell to Reykjavík: The weather this day started sunny but then was very rainy and cold. We began the sunny morning with a moderate hike in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss (a popular waterfall surrounded by dark lava columns). It was a very memorable and picturesque hike.

Next, we stopped by the “majestic” Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon which was hard to appreciate given how muddy the trails and the low visibility we had. We also stopped briefly in the town of Vik, which we heard was highly recommended (has many hikes and beautiful views) but the weather stopped us from staying long. We then headed clockwise further south to meet up with our dear friends CSK and L at the touristy but amazing waterfalls: Skógafoss  (60m waterfall drop) and Seljalandsfoss (waterfall over a cliff where you can walk behind the falls). We really enjoyed walking around these falls and taking fun pictures. It was almost nighttime by the time we made it back to the capital so we went to the local Dollar budget grocery store and got ingredients for a simple pasta dinner with wine and had a cozy home-made dinner with CSK and L in our airbnb.

Typical breakfast in Iceland (when we weren’t eating toast to be cheap)
Morning views and lighting
Svartifoss in the morning light. You ascend a large hill to get there.
Svartifoss, check out those unique lava columns


Vatnajökull National Park
The gang in front of Skogafoss
Skogafoss from above (lots of stairs to climb)


Enjoying donuts in front of Seljalandsfoss
Behind Seljalandsfoss
Panorama behind Seljalandsfoss, awe-inspiring
They were filming a rap music video below our airbnb.

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