Friday, August 19: Our afternoon hike just off the Route 93 pass from Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður is wonderful in every way, from the crisp blue skies and the clouds draped artfully over the surrounding peaks to the series of surprising waterfalls we discover in the river Fjarðará. We could have never known from the road that so many waterfalls flow along this river. We had seen the largest waterfall from the road, but all the rest we discover by getting out of the car and walking on narrow trails through grass and heather, or walking on top of the squishy pink-purple flowers or rounded boulders.
The river Fjarðará carves its way in a serpentine fashion down the mountain pass into the pretty town of Seyðisfjörður and we enjoy walking beside it, climbing slightly toward the biggest waterfall, the one visible from the road.
We come across a cute threesome of Icelandic sheep, sunning on the rocks not too far from the waterfall.
As we approach, they make their way to another spot, obviously perturbed by our invasion of their space.
Every time I see Iceland’s glacier-carved valleys covered in moss, I’m awestruck by their beauty.
The views down into the fjord and the town are fabulous.
As we get close to the large waterfall, we enjoy clambering about on the rocks, especially Mike, who seems always intent on courting accidents. Luckily he avoids any falls into the water this time, although I’ve known him to topple off of rocks in his cavalier past.
As we walk down the trail from the big waterfall, we find the other waterfalls that we hadn’t known were there, hidden as they are by the undulating landscape.
As we continue our walk, we discover numerous places where the river cascades down rocky ledges.
On the other side of the river, we can see two other hikers, and though we’re envious that they’re on that far side, we realize we would have to walk all the way up from the town to get there. There is simply no easy way to cross the river.
Though it would have been fun to walk up from the town, we have plans to explore another hike on the north side of the fjord. We’ve been told we can drive as far as the road will take us, park the car, and then walk about an hour to the lighthouse at the end of the fjord. Thus, we take off for that hike, another small adventure that turns out a little differently than we expect. 🙂