We woke up next morning only to have the rain and thick clouds spoil the sunrise yet again. At this point, I started to losing hope of making any great landscape photos. We freshened up and proceeded to visit Seljalandsfoss in the rain as we couldn't afford to lag behind anymore.The interesting thing about Seljalandsfoss is that we can actually go around it and see the falls from behind. However, be prepared to be soaking wet! We put on our rain gear (don't remember not having it on for much really!) and went for the mind numbing experience. We could hardly feel our fingers behind the falls and it felt like torrential rain.
The fall is fed by melting water from the famed glacier of Eyjafjallajokull. This powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow. However, the walk behind the curtain of water is the main attraction here. Remember to carry a raincoat and some sturdy waterproof shoes as it can get wet and muddy back there.
This was the day when our Icelandic odyssey really began. After having a quick breakfast which we cooked at the campsite itself, we set out along the ring road south-east from the Icelandic capital. Mostly people take the north-western route but we took the opposite one (I don’t know why). Our first pit stop was at a pretty little town known as Selfoss. On the way we witnessed beautiful flowery fields under a perfectly clear blue sky. There were also huge volcanic rocks covered with moss. The first major attraction we reached was Geysir, a town after which the word “geyser” has been named as Geysir was the first known geyser to the Europeans. It consists of a number of natural hot springs and the one which erupts regularly is known as Strokkur. After our date with the hot springs it was time to experience two majestic waterfalls Gulfoss and Seljalandsfoss which are among the most popular attractions in Iceland. After this we reached Vik nearly at midnight and set up our camps under a beautiful small hillock. It was tough to set up camps as Vik was very cold and windy but the thrill to set up tents by ourselves is something else.