Our goal today is driving up to Jokulsarlon as we are going to stay the night in Hali and visit 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 a necessary if you travel in Iceland. We also put on our ice cleats/spikes to our boots to avoid slipping.
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 was too slippery and we were too hungry. Plus I also have promised our drivers that we would have fish and chips for lunch. The walk to the waterfall was more slippery than in Seljalandsfoss so we had to wear our crampons.
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 was 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”
Another Town to visit in Iceland’s south coast is the town of Vik, located 11km away from Reynijsfara Beach. However we chose to skip Vik and stopped by later on our way back because we needed to to reach Hali and the weather forecast on the way to Hali didn’t look so good.
We had booked an Ice Caving Tour in Vatnajokull for the next day so it was more convenient to stay the night in Hali, which is only 14km away from our meeting point in Jokulsarlon. There isn’t many accommodation near Jokulsarlon and Hali was the closer option. We didn’t want to do a long drive on the day of the tour. As we progressed to Hali, the weather started to turn worse from raining until snowing and then the next thing we know we were hit by a snow blizzard. We had to drive very slow as the road was very slippery with low visibility.
Driving from Reynijsfara to Hali
Accommodation in Hali
We arrived safely in Skyrhusid Guesthouse in Hali around 9pm. Much later than planned because we had to drive very slow. I forgot to take picture of the house as we were just glad that we made it there safely. 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.
Skyrhusid Guesthouse is a sister company of Hali Country Hotel. They are located next to each other and it has a Restaurant. It is one alternative if you prefer to stay at a Hotel.