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Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

June 23rd. – Iceland

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Breakfast was included in our room stay last night.  The family who owned the place was from the Philippines.  It was nice to have a breakfast inside again.

It wasn’t long this morning before we were passing waterfalls.  This one was named Stjórnarfoss.

We liked the tan-colored rock behind this one.

Many times as we drove we passed fields of lava covered in what I think is moss.  Today we pulled off the road to take a walk through some of it to see it more closely.



There are more and more lupins everywhere.  Elaine heard that they last a long time in Iceland because it doesn’t get hot.

The mountains in the distance are ethereal.

It was another day of wonderful scenery.

We stopped in Vic and drove up to the church.

And walked up above it.

Then we parked down by the black sand beaches and took photos of the Sea Stacks.

These are the iconic cluster of Towering Sea Stacks (Reynisdranger).  They raise from the ocean like ebony towers at the end of Vik’s black-sand beach.  It is traditionally believed to be trolls that caught out in the sun.   Legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became needles of rock.

Contemporary legends note the story of a husband who found his wife taken by the two trolls, frozen at night. The husband made the two trolls swear to never kill anyone ever again. His wife was the love of his life, whose free spirit he was unable to provide a home for; she found her fate out among the trolls, rocks, and sea at Reynisfjara.

This sand beach is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.

Again it was a very windy day.  We were sitting in the Campervan making our next plan when a young woman in the camper next to us did not hold onto her door when she opened it.  That is a must do rule as you get in or out of your vehicles every time.  Anyway, it slammed into the side of our camper and made a dent.  The two women did not think it was dented, but it was.  So I took a photo of her driver’s licence, the licence plate of their camper and the rental papers from the company they used.  Hopefully we won’t have a problem when we return our camper.

Then we drove to Dyrhólæy to see the rocky plateau and huge stone sea arch which rises dramatically from the surrounding plain.  The promontory is a nature reserve rich in bird life. Even though we read that it was closed from 15 May to 25 June, there were many cars going up the road.  The road was extremely narrow (mostly one lane) and twisty.

There were more sandy beaches.

… and birds to photograph.

This place is Loftsalahellir


Loftsalahellir Cave is a rather large and unusual cave made of Tuff rock on the southwest side of Geitafjall Mountain which sports a variety of basalt formations and lush vegetation on its slopes. The cave served as an assembly place for the farmers in Mýrdal and nearby is Gálgaklettur or ‘gallows rock’. The name suggests that the execution of criminals was performed there early in the last century, although no records to confirm this have ever been found.

There was a sheep in the cave.

Then we drove to Skógafoss.  It is a 62 meter waterfall topples over a rocky cliff at the western edge of Skógar.  The wind was blowing so hard.

We climbed the steeps stairs to be at the top of the waterfall.  There were a lot of stairs and it was extremely windy at the top.

Elaine took a photo of me for perspective.

The power of this waterfall is amazing.  I tried to o video, but it is just not working tonight.

We passed a couple more turf places.

The roof of this shed is literally under the rock

Elaine is taking a photo.

Today the wind was at 10 meters per second which is 22.36 miles an hour and 15 meters per second which is 33.55 miles per hour.  We met a couple who had hiked 20 km to the top of a mountain to stay in a hut but they were told that it was way too windy and were sent back down.

We drove to our campsite and stopped at Selljalandfoss.  The water was literally going sideways from the wind.  I tried to video from my iPad and it was almost blown out of my hands.

The area is also known as  Troll Woman’s Gorge. According to legend and old troll woman was trying to cross the gorge. but had to retreat when she heard the bells ringing at the nearby Asólfssálar Church.

Falling 65 meters over an old sea cliff, Selljalandfoss is a waterfall that you can walk behind. As you circle the falls, you can see it from all angles. if the sun shines, rainbows appear while the thundering sound of the waterfall plays in the background.  If  the temperature had not been in the low 40s and the wind had not been blowing at over  33 mph with very strong gusts way over that, perhaps we could have walked behind the falls.

The place we camped tonight is the most beautiful campsite yet.  There are several falls right near us.

We shared our dinner table with another couple

… and the cat that was not to be disturbed even when we moved the chair.

We had our typical dinner.

I am still dressed pretty warmly even though we are inside.

Sine I am writing this post the next day I can add that it was so windy overnight that the whole campervan was rocking and rolling in the middle of the night.  This is quite a summer in Iceland.


Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

One thought on “June 23rd. – Iceland

  1. I can’t imagine what the landscape looks like in real life vs. through the frame of the camera. Must be amazing!


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