Wanting to make the most of the available daylight, we set off again under the cover of darkness. Hoping to arrive at our first destination just before sunrise. We drove along Iceland’s ring road -route 1- along the South coast and towards the East. Our destination: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
The sky was coloured shades of purples and pinks as the sun began to rise below the horizon. I don’t know why but the sunrises and sunsets during the polar nights are so beautiful and often very colourful.
Before setting off we wondered around the dark streets and found an interesting looking bakery. We bought the curled pastries which had cinnamon filling and tasted absolutely amazing. Although they were difficult to eat without getting sticky.
Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss
We arrived at Seljalandsfoss, a popular waterfall on Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’ route first, which was partially frozen. Under the polar night morning sky and covered in snow, it felt so otherworldly and magical. The waterfall fed a river which on closer inspection I noticed was completely black, this is apparently due to volcanic rock and sand. Contrasted against the snow and pink sky it looked so bizarre but strangely pretty.
During Summer months you can walk behind Seljalandsfoss but in the ice and snow it was too dangerous so we just watched mesmerized from in-front, stepping back every now and then to dry my lens which was getting soaked.
Before our eyes the sky started to change colour again as the sun came into view above the horizon. We continued along route 1 for half an hour in search of the next waterfall, Skógafoss.
Skógafoss was considerably bigger and louder, whilst water still crashed over the top the sides were completely frozen and adorned with icicles as big as cars.
We didn’t get too close for fear of them falling off but even from a distance managed to get soaked.
The sky was now a vivid blue colour which is unlike normal daylight here. We walked along Skógafoss’ volcanic black river before continuing with our journey.
The roads were icy but route 1 is regularly plowed so driving conditions weren’t bad and as the sun now highlighted, it was a beautiful day with barely a cloud in the sky.
This post was written retrospectively in November 2016