On our panel van tour around Iceland, we are now on the south coast and on the way to Reykjavik.
After a restful night at the beautifully situated campsite next to Seljalandsfoss, we have a very relaxed breakfast before we set off and walk the short distance to a cave behind the campsite. One of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, the Gljúfrabúi, is hidden here . The masses of water plunge directly from the rocks of the high plateau into a cave before they make their way through the valley. Fearless people take off their shoes and pants to wade through the small stream into the cave. We are glad that we have our rubber boots with us. Equipped like this, we stand in the grotto just a moment later and are once again speechless in the face of these forces of nature.
After countless unsuccessful attempts, an endless rubbing of our lenses and already soaking wet, we finally succeed in taking some pictures. Then we quickly leave the cave again, because otherwise we don't need a shower anymore today ... We walk the short distance back to our van at the campsite, warm up briefly, pack up and set off. A short detour inland lies ahead of us before we continue our route on the popular “Golden Ring”.
If you would like to find out more details about the fantastically located campsite beforehand, please have a look at our detailed description:
Via road 250 to the Merkjárfoss waterfall
First we drive back to Ringstrasse 1 and follow it a short distance towards Reykjavik, before we turn right onto dirt road 250. Here you are almost alone and enjoy the sheer infinity of the landscape. Our goal on this small detour is Merkjárfoss, which is also called Gluggafoss. We park in the small square below the waterfalls and walk a short distance along the river. On the left you can climb a bit up the mountain and enjoy the view over the landscape.
It is beautiful in this somewhat remote place and this dreamy area is definitely worth the detour. We can hardly believe that here - not so far from the popular ring road - we can enjoy the beauty of the landscape alone. But we want to go further and after the compulsory photo session we set off for the next stage. We continue westwards until we reach the popular “Golden Circle”.
While we are heading west again via road 261 and ring road 1, we research the further route and possible sights on this section of the route. So far, we have only planned to swing onto the "Golden Ring" and to spend the night at the campsite at the Geysir. Hardly surprising: the next highlight is a waterfall not far from the main street. No wonder, because here on the south side of the Icelandic highlands the water is looking for its way to the sea.
So we soon turn left to visit the third waterfall that day. We have no idea that there will be more of it today ... A little while later our panel van is parked and we walk the well-paved path above the Urriðafoss waterfalls. Here, just before the sea, the height differences are no longer gigantic. In return, unbelievable masses of water keep paving their way. The water has a special color here because it carries a lot of sediments from the mountains with it.
After a small meal in the van, which we can still relax in the parking lot by the waterfall, we set off again. Finally, we still have about 60 kilometers to go. We soon leave Ringstrasse 1 in a northerly direction, drive along roads 30, 31 and 35 to Reykholt and are now moving on the "Golden Ring".
Correctly it says in Icelandic: "Gullni hringurinn". This popular route is known to many foreign tourists as the "Golden Ring". On this route, from the capital Reykjavik, you can reach a variety of well-known attractions and sights in the south-west and south of Iceland. The original tourist route is about 300 kilometers long and takes around 4 - 5 hours to drive the entire route.
The most famous sights on the "Golden Ring" are the former Thingvellir National Park with the nearby waterfall Öxarárfoss, the geothermal area Haukadalur with the geyser Strokkur, which erupts quite reliably every ten minutes. Also included is the Gullfoss waterfall, whose German name "Golden Waterfall" probably coined the term "Golden Ring".
On our tour we first pass the dreamy and inviting town of Reykholt before we stop again a few kilometers away. To the right of the street is a small campsite with a bistro, a parking lot and you can guess it - another waterfall. We are now at number 4 ... Faxi is the really worth seeing and easy-to-reach waterfall near road 35. Amazingly, it is not so present in travel guides and other brochures, although the tourist infrastructure around the waterfall is well developed.