One of the main natural wonders of The Golden Circle Tour are the waterfalls. The tour I took with Reykjavík Excursions included the three most popular waterfalls in Iceland: Gullfoss, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Gullfoss was the closest one to Reykjavik and the most north of all three. That’s why I almost lost a few fingers trying to capture this shot above. What was worse than the biting cold? The freezing mist.
The next two waterfalls weren’t as brutal. Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss is located in southern Iceland, near a small town called Vik. You’ll notice that there’s a lot less snow and much more grass. Many visitors walk behind Skogafoss to take photos of the waterfall from inside out. I’m not sure why people would do that. You’re drenched just standing a few yards away. Maybe it has something to do with the local legend about a chest filled with gold and treasure that’s hidden behind the waterfall. The story goes that a viking named Þrasi Þórólfsson hid it there and the chest was discovered by locals. But when they tried to reach for it, the chest disappeared. They only managed to snap a ring off from the side of the chest and it was given to the local church, which is now the Skogar Museum.
This is another beautiful sight to behold. I didn’t know this when I visited Seljalandsfoss, but it apparently made an appearance in a Justin Bieber music video. There’s no legend about a treasure chest behind this waterfall, but there is a path that leads you to it. If you’re visiting in the winter time like I did, I don’t recommend you heading back there unless you have a change of clothes.
Speaking of a change of clothes…who’s ready to take a dip in The Secret Lagoon?