Rain, Rain, Go Away...
We woke up bright and early the next morning from our hostel. Well, it was more early than bright since we woke up before dawn to get to Seljalandsfoss. As we drove there, it was a little foggy and rainy but we were hoping for the best! When we got to the waterfall, there were about 3 cars in the parking lot. So we pretty much had the whole thing to ourselves! This waterfall is definitely special because you can walk around it and see it from the back! It was so cool to see a waterfall from the back side. A completely different point of view! Once we were done oohing and awing at the waterfall, we decided to walk down the path and find another waterfall you can only access through a cave. We thought we found it so we climbed up a small, very muddy hill which we figured out was NOT the way. So after climbing back down and officially muddy, we finally found the entrance. We had to climb through the cave over water. Stepping on stones very carefully only helped so much with not getting wet but it was so worth it! Gljúfrabúi (Cave Dweller) was so cool inside the cave! Loud and misty, but one of the coolest things we got to do!
After changing out of our muddy and wet clothes, we decided to make the track back towards Reykjavik. Our plan was to end up at the Blue Lagoon and find out what all of the hoopla was about. Well, little did we realized you need reservations and they booked up very quickly! It is also quite expensive so we were not able to do that. We had a few other things we wanted to see over in that area though so we made the few hour drive back that way. We were able to climb through a cave called Raufarholshellir, that were originally old lava tubes from a volcano! It was so awesome to climb through and have a little adventure while it was rainy and foggy out.
The weather was not cooperating with us because it rained the whole day. We were able to sneak in a few more things in-between rain spurts like visiting another historic church and a lighthouse. We got a little surprise at the light house because we found a ship wreck that had happened back in the 1988! It was an unexpected surprise!
Since there was not much else to be able to be seen because of the rain, we drove into Reykjavik and ate dinner. We had some AMAZING fish and chips (super fresh of course) and walked around the city a bit. After that, we headed out to find a campsite to sleep at. This wasn't as easy as we thought it was going to be. Since it was October, most campsites have closed. After driving around for about an hour, we pulled into an empty spot right by the water, completely by ourselves. Legally, you can park anywhere in Iceland as long as it is not a national park or private land. So why not park there? So we hunkered in for another night in the car.
Knowing we didn't have to be anywhere in the morning, we took our time waking up and relaxed a little in the morning. We hit the city for a little breakfast and something hot. We walked around for awhile until we were able to get into the apartment we were renting in the city. Once we did - we relaxed again. It gets exhausting traveling through a country! After a shower, a little nap and watching 'The Voice Iceland' (Who knew!), we hit the city to shop and sightsee. We saw the huge church Hallgrimskirkja, in the city and took a break for some beers in a local pub. There was a soccer game going on so it was busy and lots of yelling! Also, found a great new beer I love: Kronenbrough 1664 in case you were wondering.
Of course, being in Iceland, I had to buy something wool. I debated, for a long time, what that something was and finally decided that a blanket was the way to go. It is perfect! Dinner that night was amazing, of course. We actually ended up at a French restaurant which was delicious. Plus, I got to have creme brûlée - which I will alway have for dessert if it is offered, no matter what country I am in. My all time favorite!
Knowing we have a lot of flying to do the next day to head back home, we called it a night. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to Iceland. We had SO MUCH MORE we wanted to see but lets be honest, I really missed my dog.
We had such an amazing experience in Iceland and would recommend it to anyone! The country is beyond beautiful and has so much to offer. We have had an amazing first year of marriage and we are so lucky that we got to celebrate it in this way.
Thank you so much for following along - it means that world to us! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! We love talking about our trips and telling people how amazing the different places and cultures are that we visit!
Where to next? Michu Pichu, Cambodia, and Africa are only some places on our list. Any other suggestions? Not sure which will come first but we will be here to share it all!
Until next time...
- C & K