Saturday 15 December saw us on our last organised trip. This was a n all day trip to the south coast. The plan was to drive all the way to Vik on the south coast while it was still dark and visit the beach and cliffs there - like lots of Icealand beaches the sands would be black and the sea would probably be rough. Sad;y it was a grey day, overcast and almost the shortest day in the year. Following on from the beach and lunch, we would then head back to reykjavik calling in at 2 more waterfalls.
First visit was at at Reynisfajara beach just before Vik
Note the Basalt columns, as at te Giant's causeway.
A group of photographers with their model for dramatic pictures. poor girl was not only probably frozen but the photographers were also using her as shield to protect them form the waves - the sea was so rough and unpredictable that random waves would sweep much further up the beach, catching people unawares.
Next stop was further round the headland where we had lunch and looked back at the same rocky headland and were given the historical reason behind the rocks in the sea. It seems tha a 3 masted schooner was spotted one evening in trouble off the headland and 2 trolls decided to try and help. They struggled against the wind and waves all night and managed to keep the schooner away from the rocks. However they were so involved that they failed to notice the sunrise and as we all know any troll caught out in the sun is turned to rock, along with anything that it is touching. So the rock pillars are the 3 masted schooner and the 2 trolls.
Then we moved on to the first of the 2 waterfalls that we would visit.
First up is the huge cascade of Skogafoss
Second waterfall of the day was Seljalandsfoss. An interesting waterfall that you can actually walk behind.
That was it as far as fantastic Icelandic scenery was concerned as this was our last day in Iceland. Earlier in the week we did visit several museums, including an open air museum of old Icelandic buildings and a few art galleries plus a museum which chronicled the settlement of f Iceland fro the time of the Vikings. The last few picture we took from the seafront just below our apartment as it was a relatively clear night and we hoped to catch a last glimpse of the elusive Northern lights. Sadly wed didn't see anything as yet another rainstorm swept in just as peak viewing time arrived.
The Viking Longboat sculpture
— Cheers, Bob My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobs_retired_now/
You captured the drama both at the beach and at the waterfalls Bob, that model deserved a medal!! Your photos behind the waterfall are fantastic, couldn't begin to understand how you made the water and sky stand out from each other, just wonderful, you will no doubt have good memories of this trip.
Fabulous scenery, Bob--thanks for posting your photos. Love the columnar Basalts and the wild seas.
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