Hella to Vik (Iceland, day 3)

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Today’s program got a change, as to owner of the hotel suggested us to have a closer view to the active volcano Hekla

We drove back for about 8 kilometers back and after turning right (road 26) we approached the volcano Hekla and the Burfell volcano on other side of the river.

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The incredible landscape let us stop for a few photo sessions. The alternative route back to Hella  (road 268) was a gravel road, so after crossing the bride and taking a few pictures of the stunning blue reflection of the river. After about 2 kilometer on that road we found that driving back from the paved road would be the better and easier choice.

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Our next stop was the Seljalandsfoss waterfall which tumbles 60 m over the old sea cliff into a deep plunge pool. It has so undercut the rocks that it is possible to walk behind the cascade.

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This day a second waterfall originated from the Eyjafjalla Glacier is the Skógarfoss (Skogar) Waterfall which brings water from the melting snows between the two icecaps. If you are planning to stop here, I really recommend you to follow the steps and the path up to to the waterfall. It’s really wonderful there and you can spend a few hours enjoying that place. Once you are up, your will enjoy the view and you will not regret the roughly 400 steps behind you. 🙂

If you are planning to stop here, I really recommend you to follow the steps and the path up to to the waterfall. It’s really wonderful there and you can spend a few hours enjoying that place. Once you are up, your will enjoy the view and you will not regret the roughly 400 steps behind you. 🙂

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Going back the car the weather changed, we headed to Vik and spent some time at the black sand beach just by the village (not to be confused with the black sand beach east of Vik by the basalt stones). The humid freezing breeze gave to this place a mystic and dramatic look. We  knew we would go back the next day…

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