Iceland is home to some amazing waterfalls and seeing as the capital is Reykjavik, chances are you’re most likely going to be flying into Reykjavik when you arrive in Iceland so you might as well see 3 of the most impressive waterfalls in Southern Iceland (where Reykjavik is). I promised myself I would have this post up before heading back to Iceland (which we are very soon – look out for details on our instagram) so here it is! Best part about Iceland is that all these natural wonders are all free – as long as you can get to where they are (by car, bus or whatever mode of transportation you have), you can pop in to see them without paying a penny.
1st Up, we’ve got Gullfoss.This is arguably Iceland’s most famous waterfall! It takes a bit of driving to get here but there are so many amazing sights on the way here (like Geysir) so it’s worth planning a trip here and filling up your itinerary with lots of little stops!
You can hear this waterfall roaring in the distance before you even approach it!
And as you approach it, you start to get a sense of how powerful and magnificent it is!
Just look at that! I wasn’t quite prepared when we visited it and so I wasn’t expecting much so I was quite taken aback when we arrived – and rightly so! Sometimes, I think it’s one of the best ways to have an amazing experience when you travel, have very little expectations and so when the sights exceed your expectation, you’re left totally in awe!
Of course, we had to walk as close as we could to take it all in! There’s so much spray here that you’d struggle to get any decent photos without constantly cleaning your lens (or shielding it from all the spraying water)…
The 2nd one is Seljalandsfoss. This is the one you can walk around! It doesn’t look like much in the distance, that is until you come close to it.
Close up, you suddenly realise how huge it is!
And of course the best part is the walking around it!
It’s one of those experience you’ll never really get anywhere else and again, I didn’t realise how much in awe I was of the moment until we were stood right behind it, watching the water run down…
Bring some sturdy shoes with you when you walk around it though – the water and the mud could make for slippery conditions though to be fair, as long as you’re not trying to run across or being reckless, you should be fine. I didn’t bring any special shoes and walked with a bit more caution that I needed to (there was pretty much no grip on the shoes I brought with me) but as long as you have decent walking shoes, you’re good!
The 3rd one is Skogafoss. This is easily one of the most impressive waterfalls I’ve seen. Perhaps even more so than Gullfoss because you can stand at the base and get a sense of how truly powerful it is!
And of course, seeing as every waterfall photo is totally incomplete without some idiot jumping in front of it – cue jumping idiot! 🙂
I’ve gotta admit, walking closer and close to this waterfall is kinda terrifying. Even from a fair distance away you can feel this water spray letting you know you’re coming closer and closer.
Lloyd of course got close enough and then after a couple of seconds, decided to run away (yes, run – not walk, and I’m not quite sure why)…
For a couple of nights, we stayed in Reykjavik and even though we knew it was quite a small city (which I have to admit, really surprised me that I absolutely loved – especially coming from a city like London), I felt that we still needed to explore the sights here! This sounds counter-intuitive, the whole convincing yourself to visit a city, but Iceland’s beauty and major attractions are more natural so you don’t really go to Iceland for skyscrapers and a nightlife that stays up till 11am the next day but instead for the beauty of sights that are not man-made…
How apt is it that the first store we saw was a Timberland one – especially after this our post on preparing for trip to Iceland and the 7 unique experience to have in Iceland…
The buildings are surprisingly colourful here. I know this is a misconception but you think of Iceland and you expect minimalist architecture and design (as you do of any Scandinavian country which Iceland very much arguably is part of) and so I was not expecting that many colourful buildings. I like colours so I imagine this perhaps why Reykjavik is one of the 8 cities in the world that I would love to live in!
We went to see Hallgrímskirkja (which is a church in Reykjavik) and went right up to the top to take in the view of the city!
See what I mean about Reykjavik being quite a colourful city? Another thing I love is how close to nature it is…. Just look at those mountains in the distance! I’m not a fan of walking uphill but for those mountains, I would!
All that walking around definitely worked up an appetite… As soon as I got close to the hotel, the first thing I looked for was a restaurant. Somewhere close enough that I could walk home easily after eating a meal that was bigger than I respectably should have… (I had starters and dessert as well by the way… and there might have been wine somewhere on the table too!)
Creme brûlée for dessert is always an easy win! In Paris or otherwise! 🙂