Iceland – a Country With More Rainbows Than People [3]

/ October 24, 2014/ Europe, Iceland, Travel Journal/ 0 comments

I hope you enjoyed my last entry. Here is the third, but not the last, part of my Icelandic adventure.

The Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago 

On the third day, we decided to take the ferry to the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago (the Westman Islands) in the south of Iceland. The biggest attraction in this archipelago is a large, solitary hunting lodge that stands alone on the rocky island. It is owned by a hunting association and can be spotted only from the ferry, which reaches to Heimaey (Home Island) – the biggest one in the archipelago.

A ferry to Heimaey (island)

A ferry to Heimaey (island)

Elliðaey (island)

Elliðaey (island)

Elliðaey (island)

Elliðaey (island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

Heimaey (Home Island)

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Heimaey (Home Island)

Ferry to Heimaey (Home Island)

Ferry to Heimaey (Home Island)

Ferry to Heimaey (Home Island)

Ferry to Heimaey (Home Island)

Waterfalls

After sheep, horses and rainbows, waterfalls are another thing on Iceland that exceeds the population in number. You can find them everywhere! One of the most spectacular is 60-metre Seljalandsfoss that drops water from a rocky cliff. Another attraction of this waterfall is that it is possible to go behind it. Unforgettable experience.

Seljalandsfoss - waterfall

Seljalandsfoss – waterfall

Seljalandsfoss - waterfall

Seljalandsfoss – waterfall

Seljalandsfoss - waterfall

Seljalandsfoss – waterfall

Seljalandsfoss - waterfall

Seljalandsfoss – waterfall

Hot springs

By that time we had got a little bit tired so we decided to rest in a very famous Icelandic attraction – hot springs. We did not go for Blue Lagoon, which might be nice, but, in my opinion, not worth its price and definitely not in Icelandic style. We found directions to a pretty, remote place in a mountain valley – Seljavallalaug. Just behind the hill there was a pool with hot water and some kind of changing room next to it. It is one of the oldest ones in Iceland. Again we were lucky and nobody was there during our bath. Just us and the nature.

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Way to hot springs

Seljavallalaug Pool - Hot springs

Seljavallalaug Pool – Hot springs

Seljavallalaug Pool - Hot springs

Seljavallalaug Pool – Hot springs

Another waterfall on our itinerary was Skógafoss. This scenery charmed us as well, but after so many stunning things that we had seen on the way, our reaction was more like: “Oh, waterfall… And a rainbow, meh”. But seriously it was unbelievable that on such a small piece of land so many terrific places can be found.

 Skógá River

Skógá River

 Skógá River

Skógá River

Skógafoss - waterfall

Skógafoss – waterfall

Skógafoss - waterfall

Skógafoss – waterfall

Skógafoss - waterfall

Skógafoss – waterfall

Skógafoss - waterfall

Skógafoss – waterfall

Before the sunset we treated ourselves with a long walk on basaltic beach, which resembled a moonscape. We just walked for kilometers through deserted areas, admiring incredible views.

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

Basaltic beach

 

To be continued…