Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
14Trip End Sep 12, 2009
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One of our favorites was Seljalandfoss. It, along with maybe 5 or 6 other, falls right off the lip of the escarpment and down into a deep pool. It looked like a few of them fell right into holes they'd carved into the lava. We couldn't see any pool, they just disappreared.
Another big one that you can also walk behind is called Skogarfoss and it was down the road a piece form Seljalandfoss. On the approach to Skogarfoss you could see the glacier up top so we took pictures from a distance so as to get the glacier in. It actually had a longer drop than Seljalandfoss, but both of them were in the 50-60 meter category. You can begin a 3 day, 27km backpacking trip from Skogarfoss, up over the glacier (or past it) to a place called Thorsmork which is accessible by 4WD vehicles. But to get to Thorsmork, any vehicle has to ford 27 (!) rivers.
Several of the fosses are fairly small but fall in stages down the slope. This one pictured here was over on the way to Mt. Hekla (mentioned in the "Volcanoes" entry).
These last photos are over on the western side of the county
The next foss was interesting Hraunfossar comes right out of the middle layer of "pillow lava". It doesn't originiate in a river, just from springs in the area that sort of "leak" out through this very porous lava and down into the rushing river. The river really did rush! Upstream at the so-called "children's falls" (sad legend) the entire river squeezes through a hole carved in the lava--just like gushing out of a fire hydrant.