Day Three - was probably my favorite day in Iceland. What's better than an ATV tours, coupled with long, hilarious drives with my best girls, not to mention hangovers and a lack of sleep?
I decided the first part of our day - the ATV tour - was too good, it deserves it's own post... Read that entire post here.
After we finished the ATV tour and upon recommendation from our tour guide, we headed further South in search of the Old Cowhouse (or Gamla Fjosid), an abandoned barn that has been transformed into a quaint restaurant, featuring meat and dairy directly from their cow farm and fresh produce from their gardens. I opted for a delicious lobster salad featuring some of the freshest feta I've ever had!
Next stop: Dyrhólaey to see the incredible volcanic rock formations. Dyrholaey is a naturally formed arch in a cliff, so large that during certain tides, ships can sail through it. We decided to follow the warnings and steer clear of the black sand beaches, with rough tides and currents, therefore our views of the arch were somewhat limited. Still, the rock formations and crazy waves crashing upon them, we worth the visit.
We continued further south to visit the small Harbor town of Vik. (Vik translates to Harbor or Port). When we arrived in town, I wasn't convinced we were there yet. In all the research and photos I had seen, the town seemed much larger and much more colorful than what I was seeing. We decided to venture up to the highest point in town: the old cemetery above the church. It was there I realized that this town was, in fact, Vik. (Though I'm still not convinced! haha) The colors and landscape of the small harbor town really came alive. The town was much smaller than I anticipated - but maybe that's why it was so charming. We stopped for a quick latte before heading North to towards Reykjavik to see some Waterfalls...
On the drive back North, we stopped at 2 major waterfalls: Skógafoss (above) then Seljalandsfoss (below). They are both spectacular as evidenced in the photos... At Skógafoss, you can climb the stairs built into the side of the mountain to see the waterfall from above - pretty cool.
You can walk behind the entire waterfall of Seljalandsfoss -- don't be fooled however, you will be drenched! It was pretty amazing, definitely an opportunity you don't want to miss. I had fun experimenting with my camera and new tripod at each waterfall to capture some cool images. What do you think?