The following day in Vik, we didn’t actually have any strong plans apart from an ‘Icelandic seaside day’ at Reynisfjara black sand seaside which felt completely unbelievable.
On this journey already we’d seen the fireplace and ice aspect of Iceland totally from visiting an erupting volcano just some days earlier than after which visiting the ice collapse a glacier simply the afternoon earlier than.
Downtime felt virtually deserved.
However we’re in Iceland and so downtime doesn’t imply simply chilling at our lodge (we had plans for that on the tail finish of our journey) so we went out to discover extra of the native sights in Vik.
Our information for the ice cave the day earlier than had mentioned that the mountains round Vik are nice for seeing puffins however even the one which seemed like we might drive up can be one we’d in all probability need to hike up except we had been driving a 4 x 4.
I seemed up at that mountain and determined the puffins weren’t gonna be a part of our plans as a result of cute as they’re, climbing up this gigantic mountain to see birds simply didn’t really feel like one thing we wished to do.
Little did we all know that it could be lots simpler than that.
Anyway, so off we went to a extra accessible web site close to Vik – Reynisfjara black sand seaside and its iconic basalt columns of Reynisdrangar.
Reynisfjara black sand seaside is definitely one you’ll want to go to with warning.
It is without doubt one of the most harmful spots to go to in Iceland as a result of the waves on this seaside appear to be they’re fantastic however they’re fairly highly effective and might act in tandem to tug folks out into the ocean.
It’s like the primary one knocks folks down after which the one after pulls them earlier than they’ll get their bearings collectively.
That’s a really fundamental approach of describing however you need to google ‘sneaker waves in Iceland’ if you wish to discover out extra particulars about this.
So yeah, Reynisfjara black sand seaside is totally value a go to however you need to positively preserve a protected distance away from the shoreline right here.
And don’t assume that protected distance is the place different individuals are.
So many individuals ignore this and a few folks don’t even know so make that judgement sensibly while you go to and never based mostly on different folks’s judgment on the day itself.
Warning apart, it’s a fully unbelievable seaside to go to and a day like this with dramatic climate makes it look much more unbelievable.
The rain nevertheless was raining virtually sideways and shortly began to choose up so with that, we hopped again into the automobile and headed over to close by the Dyrhólaey arch.
Dyrhólaey is that this unbelievable rock formation that’s like an arch with a gap in it and for some purpose, we’ve by no means been capable of finding it on earlier journeys.
Sounds ridiculous however there’s one other unbelievable viewpoint we all the time get distracted by and that’s Reynisfjara black sand seaside viewpoint.
It overlooks the black sand seaside and is simply so lovely.
So once more, we ended up going there seeking the Dyrhólaey arch andfound to our absolute delight – there have been tons of of puffins there.
I do know I appeared a bit nonchalant about trying to find puffins earlier however I feel they may be my favorite birds.
They’re so cute, I discover them so fascinating and simply seeing them proper subsequent to us after we weren’t even in search of them was simply superb.
It’s the closest we’ve ever gotten to puffins and we’ve been to plenty of locations internationally seeking them.
Leaving the puffins, I remembered we nonetheless hadn’t gone to see the Dyrhólaey arch but and determined we completely needed to do up we went by way of what appeared like the one different possibility to seek out it.
There was no approach we’d make the journey all the best way to Reynisfjara black sand seaside and miss out on the Dyrhólaey arch once more, particularly not after we understand how unbelievable it truly is.
The opposite route would have taken us again to the principle motorway and we didn’t need to return there simply but.
Seems I used to be proper and the Dyrhólaey arch was proper up that mountain path.
There’s a parking lot close to it and it’s a brief stroll to the point of view for it.
The Dyrhólaey arch is totally magnificent and so large.
It was additionally unbelievably blustery up right here because of what now appeared like a mini storm so after taking within the view, we hopped again into the automobile and made our approach over to our subsequent lodge – The LandHotel, which might be one thing of a mini cease for the night earlier than making our approach to The Retreat at The Blue Lagoon.
I’ll present you all about that as a result of The Retreat is kind of actually a deal with!
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