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The day began with me rushing down the hotel stairs, once again a solid five minutes behind schedule. I waved goodbye to the startled manager, and rushed out and on to the waiting bus. Once onboard I huddled in my seat and waited to thaw. Determined not to let the plummeting temperatures and icy wind deter me, I was on my way to two of Iceland’s stunning waterfalls, plus a volcanic pebble beach.

First up: Skógafoss waterfall.

After an hour or so (I fell asleep for the drive) we arrived at the Skógafoss waterfall.

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The first waterfall I ever saw. Was not disappointed.

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Over 300 steps to the top but it was worth it for this view.

After the long climb up, and the somewhat precarious hike back down, I figured I still had about ten minutes left to explore. Unfortunately, my internal clock is horrible and I was almost left behind by my bus. Still, worth it.

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Next up was the Reynisfjara volcanic pebble beach.

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The waves here are huge. Like big enough for adults to have been swept away before. I didn’t even touch the water, but that had more to do with how cold it was. I definitely want to go back someday in the summer.

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I spent most of my time looking up.

Last be not least, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall

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This waterfall was especially impressive, because we got to walk behind it. By the time we arrived, the light was fading and rain was drizzling down. I was cold, tired and cold. But it was all worth it to experience the other side of a waterfall.

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The sound of water cascading down was thundering. If it had been warmer, I might have stayed for hours watching the water fall.

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I braved the rain and cold a little longer to snap a few photos of the neighboring field. It may not be as grand as a waterfall or picturesque as a beach, but it gave me a good backdrop for a story I’m writing.

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All in all, it was a fantastic day trip. I used Grayline, and took their South Coast and Waterfalls tour but there are many companies that will take you around to see Iceland. If you want to see waterfalls and a beach (plus a glacier or two), this ones a good pick.

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We took a little detour to see some glaciers.

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Another stop were I almost got left behind. Also worth it.

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Until next time, Iceland

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