The goal today is driving up to Jokulsarlon as we are going to stay the night in the area (Hali) and chase the pretty waterfalls along the way
Our first destination is Seljalandsfoss, 1.5 hours drive from our guesthouse. You can see Seljalandsfoss from the road and it is one most famous waterfall where you can walk behind it in the summer. It is a short walk from the parking area and is accessible. However in winter the Path is slippery and wet. That is why wearing waterproof walking boots is the way to go in Iceland.
From Seljalandsfoss we drive for 30 minutes to Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss is another iceland famous waterfall where you can frequently see rainbows. There is also a staircase next to the waterfall so you can see it from above. We didn’t climb it because it is too slippery and we are too hungry. Plus I also have promised our drivers that we will have fish and chips for lunch. The walk to the waterfall is more slippery to the one in Seljalandsfoss so I had to wear my crampon/ice cleats.
We had fish and chips for lunch from Mia’s Van, not far from when you exited the parking area. Mia’s Van is only open in the afternoon and close by 4pm.
Our next stop is Reynijsfara black sand beach.
Remember the first scene in frozen 2 trailer where Elsa is standing before crashing waves on a black sand beach? It is said to be inspired by iceland black sandy beach.
Reynijsfara beach is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, national geographic voted Reynijsfara as one of the top non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
The rocky sea stacks sitting off the shoreline is known as Reynisdrangar.
According to local icelandic folklore, these large basalt columns were once trolls trying to pull ships from the ocean to shore. However those trolls were dim and went out too late in the night; dawn broke on the horizon and turning the trolls into solid stone.
Another legend tells of a Husband whose wife was kidnapped and killed by two trolls. The man followed the trolls down to Reynijsfara where he froze them, ensuring that they would never kill again.
These rocky sea stacks is also featured in season 7 Games of Thrones: you can spot them in a few scenes shot “north of the wall”
We didn’t have time to stop at town of Vik as planned so we drive away to Hali. Hali is 14 km away from Jokulsarlon and we plan to stay in the area as we have booked to do ice caving tour the next day. There aren’t many accommodation near Jokulsarlon and we don’t want to do a long drive on the day of the tour. As we drive, the weather turned worse into raining and the snow blizzard. We had to drive very slow as the road is slippery and visibility is low.
We arrived safely in our gueshouse (Skyrhusid guesthouse) in Hali around 9pm. I forgot to take picture of the house as were so happy we made it there. We stayed in triple room with shared bathroom but each room has its own small sink which we can use to wash our hands and brush our teeth.
Our guesthouse has a small kitchen and eating area for cooking breakfast and dinner. They also provide tea, coffee, milk, juice and skyr for their guests. The only downside is frying not allowed so we have to make do with boiling and using microwave.