The drive we had planned for this day in Iceland was going to be a long one, but it was worth it as we were going to visit some of the best waterfalls in Iceland along the way.
We were currently staying at the Greenhouse Hotel in Selfoss and planned to drive to Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.
The drive takes about 3:40 minutes, which doesn’t seem that long, but we don’t stop for lunch and dinner (there are no restaurants nearby).
That drive also has some of the best waterfalls in Iceland, so you’ll find that you can easily double your driving time and add a few more hours to it if you add in all the extra stops. (Click here for great tours you can book Here are some waterfalls and other great places to visit in Iceland)
So, I went!
Our first stop was Seljalandsfoss. You can walk around the back of this waterfall. Without a doubt, this waterfall can be said to be one of the best waterfalls not only in Iceland, but in all of Europe.
When I first visited over a decade ago (yes, I know I keep reminding you of this in previous posts, hehe!), there was a parking lot here, but it wasn’t as tidy as it is now. It wasn’t.
There is also a toilet here now.
Anyway, we parked the car and headed to the waterfall like everyone else. But as I got closer, I realized that I had made a huge mistake in not bringing a raincoat.
Well, the weather was dry, but it was windy and it started to get pretty wet even before we got to Seljalandsfoss.
I actually had a raincoat in my car, but I didn’t feel like going back to get it. we must have.
If you think you’re wet from the front of Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you’ll find out just how wet it is when you walk behind the waterfall. We were completely soaked.
At this point, already soaking wet, I decided to walk along the path that led to the base of the falls, thinking, “If a penny is a pound, then a pound.”
From a distance, the waterfall looks relatively thin and faint, but when you see it up close, you can see that it is really powerful, so it was a slightly surreal experience.
Completely soaked, we walked back through the other side of the falls and visited another waterfall just a few minutes away that we had missed on our previous trip to Iceland.
It’s called Gljufrabui and it’s hidden in plain sight here. He is one of the best waterfalls in Iceland that you may not realize you already know.
Basically, if you’re looking at Seljalandsfoss on your right, Gljflabui is on the left side of Seljalandsfoss, just a 3-minute walk away.
It’s hidden away in a small cave, so you might get your feet a little wet when you go looking for it, but it’s worth it.
It’s absolutely gorgeous and makes you feel like you’ve found this incredible secret in Iceland.
Well, if you ignore all the other people around you waiting for the moment to absorb everything (just kidding).
Eventually we got back in the car and headed out to find our next waterfall, Skogafoss.
Skógafoss is another powerful Icelandic waterfall, but we had to temper our enthusiasm and stop for lunch first.
The lunch break was also an excuse to dry off. Nothing I was wearing was dry, especially my shoes.
On our hike to Meradalil volcano two days ago, the volcano was very dusty, but today’s waterfall just turned that dust into mud.
We had lunch at a nearby hotel restaurant, which was very different from our recent trip a few years ago.
The staff at the time were very nice and the lamb shanks we had were very tasty. I was so curious that I decided to order the exact same thing.
A trip to one of the best waterfalls in Iceland seemed to require what is definitely one of the most typical meals you can get in Iceland.
However, today’s lamb shank was ok at best and the service was actually pretty bad.
Just having someone take your order felt like pulling teeth, and the staff acted as if you’d rather be anywhere else.
Anyway, after lunch, feeling dry and nice, I headed to Skogafoss, but soon got wet again.
I don’t remember being as wet here as I was on this trip, so I think the wind was definitely doing something today.
It’s a spectacular waterfall, and to be fair, we probably got a little closer to it than we had on previous trips, but that was mostly because we had already properly re-dipped before getting close to the falls.
Once we were done with work here, we headed off to find a hotel, but decided to stop in Vik, which was the last lively town where we had the option of having dinner that night.
In Vik, we found Smiðjan Brugghús, a microbrewery that serves great burgers, fries, BBQ pork ribs, and more.
This restaurant has a really nice atmosphere and the food is delicious, so I highly recommend it.
After dinner we took a short jaunt around Vic, which was already shrouded in fog, before heading out on our road trip again.
I think we probably arrived at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon again near midnight, but this time we at least had dinner before arriving.
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