I know I have written about this from my research. I am here to tell you that “Book learning” and actually experience are two entirely different things. Yes the professional photos are incredible. In reality the sheer magnitude of the water plunging over these sheer cliffs and thundering through the air to wildly explode on the rocks and rivers below… well just amazing. In reality it rains here, there are crowds of tourists, but even in between rain drops, and waves of people, you can still get the place to yourself.
We drove about 90 km yesterday and after while you just stop pointing out the waterfalls. There were waterfalls that meandered down the side of huge black and lush green cliffs that jutted straight up out of the earth. There were house built right at the base of pristine waterfalls. There’s were rivers of waterfalls cascading in zig-zags, waterfalls that appeared from nowhere through old lava tubes. The water seems to enhance the primal essence of Iceland.
The southernmost point on Iceland is Vik. Vik is the meeting point of oceans. The Arctic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The black sand beach, crashing waves and basalt cliffs are unworldly. This is the rainiest part of the island… hard to fathom since it’s been raining no stop since we have been here. The rain comes in waves. The heavy clouds hang around the mountain tops like ghostly apparitions. The green moss, ferns and grasses flourish, clinging to the black behemoths.
Iceland is beautiful beyond words… and we’ve only covered one quarter of this island.