Vik through Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss

Trip Start Aug 05, 2012
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Trip End Aug 19, 2012


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Vik i Myrdal Campground

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Monday, August 6, 2012

On our way to Vik i Myrdal, we stopped twice to admire two beautiful waterfalls :
 
* the first one, Seljalandsfoss. The most amazing thing about this waterfall is the fact that you can walk behind it and see this wall of water flowing in front of you! 
  









 
 




















 

 

 
* the second one, Skogafoss, is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25m and a drop of 60m. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days, and we could enjoy the double one! According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Ţrasi Ţórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable. 
We climbed the 300 steps (maybe more) on the right of the waterfall to reach the top of it and enjoy the panorama. 
  












  


 









 


We finally drove to Vik i Myrdal, a nice village on the south coast of the island. Unfortunately, we could not take the road leading to the giant cliffs of Reynisfjall. Indeed the road had been closed by the crew of "Noah", Darren Aronofsky's latest movie starring Russel Crowe, which was shooting on the famous black sanded beach, one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. 

Frustrated, we headed back to Vik's campgroung and set the camp for dinner, hoping to be able to take the road the next day...

 
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