Friday, June 19, 2015

Iceland: The Waterfalls


The van rolled into a parking area, waking us from our rain-induced doze.  We looked around: what was here? Oh, another waterfall.

It's hard not to sound blas√©, but in Iceland waterfalls are everywhere!  The largest, most spectacular ones have parking lots and trails to them, but there are many, many more pouring anonymously off cliffs, sometimes in the back yard of a farm house.  On a sunny day you can see rainbows in their spray, but even on a rainy day they are amazing.

You could make a whole Iceland trip out of waterfalls, driving and hiking from one to the next. 

Here are a few.


The one where we were supposed to meet our guide, but didn't follow directions.
 
One of my favorites
Our guide said that a strong walker could make it to this waterfall and back in an hour.  So of course M. and I had to do it in 38 minutes roundtrip.
 
Random waterfall by someone's house
 
We lobbied to go back to this one when it was sunny!
 
Gullfoss
You can walk behind this one
 

8 comments:

  1. Oh man, I love waterfalls! I could have a heyday photographing all the waterfalls in Iceland! Enjoying your latest vacation recap.

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    1. I thought about you when I saw all the waterfalls and how pretty your pictures would be!

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  2. It is a waterfall intensive place. It's also a very windy place, which you've probably discovered, and one cool phenomenon I've seen is when the wind is so strong that the water from some of these moderately big falls doesn't reach the ground because it gets blown away first.

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    1. Yes, very windy! Especially on the mountains we climbed.

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    2. Yes, very windy! Especially on the mountains we climbed.

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  3. Lovely photos! Glad you got some sun, along with rain, wind and whiteout. I wonder: Do any of the watercourses come from hot springs and make warm waterfalls? Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh my goodness. So gorgeous.

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    1. It's an amazing place! I'm sure with a big camera and tripod these falls would look even more gorgeous.

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