Monday, November 12, 2007
DAY 2: Waterfall  

Seljalandsfoss: Front
Originally uploaded by TheJerseyTomato
We finally nestled into our seats on the van. Maybe nestled isn't the right word... squooshed in is more like it. My hair was wet, my clothes were wet, my shoes were wet... my husband and his backpack were wet.

Luckily, one of the other couples had some HarĂ°fiskur to share and distract us from our soggy tushies. Not the tastiest thing in the world... the dried fish slowly expands in the mouth when met with saliva and gets spongy. The smell is extremely fishy catfood-esque. Apparently it's popular with Icelanders as a snackie or as trail food. I wonder what food that's popular in Jersey would get a strange reaction from tourists... Taylor ham, fried hotdogs?

On the way back, we were treated to the chance of seeing Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall was made famous in Amazing Race 6 (one of the worst kept secrets prior to the airing... Considering that there are only 300,000 people on the entire island, and most live in the Reykjavik area, anyone who doesn't look like a local is going to stand out!)

The waterfall is gorgeous to look at, glacier water cascading down 60 meters off what used to by the former coastline thousands of years ago but it has a great bonus. After doing some light rock scrambling, you can actually go behind the waterfall. As you can see from the photo below, the cliff is hollowed out by about 30 feet. It was an amazing site.

What amazed me was that not everyone went behind the waterfall... some didn't even leave the bus! They definitely missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Shame on them.

Seljalandsfoss: Back

::END OF DAY 2::

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