Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Iceland's Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Iceland's Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Our first Icelandic waterfall sighting wasn't what I had hoped for, but I wasn't giving up that easy. I had less than a day to get my sightseeing in, so I forced my family out of bed at 2am so we could hit the road and find as many waterfalls as we could before we had to return our rental car. Thankfully, Iceland offers about 20 hours of daylight in July, so we weren't fumbling our way through the country in the wee morning hours in pitch darkness. The first stop I had mapped out was to Seljalandsfoss, and y'all, this time I was not disappointed!

Seljalandsfoss

The thing that I love about Iceland is that it is so tourist friendly. You don't have to go on complicated hikes to see the most amazing sites in the country. Usually, you roll right up to the parking lot and you're exactly within view of the site you came to see. As soon as we turned onto the road where Seljalandsfoss waterfall was located, boom. We were looking right at it!

Seljalandsfoss

We arrived at about 3 am, so we ended up having the entire place all to ourselves. It was cold and raining, but that didn't stop us from getting out of the car to get an up close and personal view of the massive waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

There were beautiful bridges and pathways to cross or climb for optimal waterfall viewing...

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

We just stuck to the gravel pathways though and were still able to get spectacular views.

Seljalandsfoss

We had just wrapped up a tour of Ireland, which really disappointed me with their sheep. I had visions of free roaming sheep all over the country, but we ended up seeing more cows than anything there lol. But what Ireland was lacking in the free roaming sheep department, Iceland more than made up for it. To my delight, this little trio of sheep were happily grazing on the foliage the whole time we were wandering the grounds.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Our first stop of the day at Seljalandsfoss was truly magical. It was the first time I've ever been that close to such a beautiful and powerful waterfall, I couldn't wait to see what the rest of our travels that day were doing to bring. Stay tuned. I can't wait to show you more of this amazing country!

Seljalandsfoss


What's the earliest time you've ever started a road trip?



18 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning and I love that there's so much light. Up at 2AM! You're a hoot. Love the photography. Very, very nice to see all these images.

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    1. I don't know how they sleep during summer months. They must invest a lot of money into high quality black out curtains LOL

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  2. What a site to behold, I bet it is very noisy there. And I bet those sheep give a healing milk and cheese given all them herbs they graze there. I've heard about a lot of kids with serious problems (autism and such) who calmed down their problems by eating organic sheep or goat cheese and milk straight from the village where they graze on herbs.

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    1. Really, it's actually very peaceful and quiet there. If you're right up on the waterfall, yes it's loud, but overall, it was very serene.

      I've thought about goat farming to use their milk in soaps. I hear it is very good for eczema.

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  3. That’s gorgeous and I love that the surroundings are equally lovely. I’ve left the house at 4 am for flights, but I doubt we’ve left before 6 am for a drive to anywhere else.

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    1. I hate those early morning flights. We do that often because it seems that every time we have to fly out of Chicago, it's usually by 6am.

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  4. Wow, that's absolutely beautiful.

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  5. That waterfall does looks super awesome

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  6. I join in pounding to see the magnitude of this waterfall discharge and the height is also fantastic!.
    I was amazed by the Icelandic government who prepared a parking lot not far from the destination so it did not take much time.

    Photos of your vacation are very cool, Theresa.

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    1. Icelandic government really has it together when it comes to tourism. They sure do make it such an easy country to navigate!

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  7. Love the photos! I never thought of Iceland before you started posting about it, but now I want to go explore there. We've left around midnight a few times to head to Florida. It's the only way to avoid NY traffic and then DC traffic. Once we thought we'd be swift and leave around 8PM. Ever drive through the Carolinas in the pitch black?? Never, ever again...

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    1. You're a brave soul making that drive. I hate driving at night, so there's no way I'd like to drive through unknown territory in pitch black!

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  8. Wow even if that was the ONLY one you came across it was worth getting up so early. How stunning!! I leave at various times, I'm sure I've been up that early to travel at some point. I don't mind getting up super early. :)

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  9. I've gotten up that early for work once or twice, but never a road trip. 20 hours of daylight could sway me though. Now that sure is a waterfall. Sheep and no cow patties are a win too.

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    1. No cow patties to be seen, so that was definitely a plus!

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  10. Wow, just wow! Such beautiful scenery.

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