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I was very excited when I learned from John that we were going to visit three waterfalls. Iceland has many waterfalls due to the heavy snowfall in the winter and the melting glaciers during the summer. The first waterfall we visited was small according to John but huge to me! Our bus drive, Magnus, dropped us off on a small dirt road next to some grazing Icelandic ponies. After a quick peek at the horses, we walked down the path towards this roaring sound. The roaring got louder and louder the farther down the path we went. Suddenly the path stopped, and we were standing at the edge of a gorge in which we saw our first Icelandic waterfall. It was breathtakingly beautiful and very noisy. This waterfall was called Faxi. It is part of the Tjaldsvaedi River which flows out through a bay called Faxa into the Atlantic Ocean.


The next waterfall we visited was the very famous Gullfoss waterfall. This waterfall was huge and powerful. It had two tiers almost like there were two waterfalls put very closely together. It is part of the Hvita River or White River. Gullfoss means Golden Falls in Icelandic. It was given this name because all the spray from the waterfall creates beautiful rainbows. Mrs. Cassette and Mrs. Freyer took me to all three viewing areas. The first was in the middle just where the bus dropped us off and gave a great view of both tiers of the water fall. The second was a hike down through spray and mist ending on a rocky outcropping between the two tiers of the fall. This was my favorite place to be and I made sure Mrs. Cassette took many pictures because it was so beautiful. Finally we climbed up to the top and looked down over the waterfalls. It was an amazing sight. We could see the area’s volcanic history on the cliffs on the opposite side of the canyon. The cliffs had distinct banded ash layers almost like stripes on a zebra from each eruption.


















What do you think that pile of rocks below Mrs. Cassette is for?

After we had our fill of Gullfoss we finally got to eat lunch. We ate in a large cafeteria inside the visitor’s center. Mrs. Cassette and I decided to try the recommended lamb soup. We both loved it. Mrs. Freyer had an open faced sandwich which tasted good, but she really wished she had tried the lamb soup after seeing how much we loved it.

John soon rounded us up again and we were off to see our next waterfall. I was very excited about this one because I had heard we could walk behind the waterfall and look for the hidden people who were known to make their homes in caves behind waterfalls. This waterfall’s name was Seljalandsfoss. Its water comes from the Eyjafjallajokull icecap. This icecap is above the volcano that erupted last spring and caused airplanes to stop flying to Europe for 2 weeks. Seljalandsfoss is a tall narrow waterfall flowing over a cliff with many small caves. I was very excited to follow the slippery path behind the waterfall even though I got soaked. I peered into as many caves as possible, but I didn’t see anyone or anything.








When we reached the front of the waterfall I took one last look up the cliff walls. It thought I saw something move at the edge of one of the caves, but then I blinked, and it was gone. I tried to tell Mrs. Freyer about it, but she was worried we would be late getting back to the bus.

As a surprise, John showed us one more waterfall. This one was called Skogafoss. It was very high and very powerful. It emptied out into a small river rather than carving through the ground to make a canyon. Here is where Mrs. Cassette and Mrs. Freyer collected bags of ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Did you know that volcanic ash can help archeologists date artifacts they find in the ground?  I wonder how they can do that. Do you know?

Here is a map of Iceland that shows you where the volcano erupted. You can see how far we traveled so far. These pictures were taken to the west of the volcano.


Watch this Animoto Video to see photos and video footage of all the waterfalls we saw in Iceland:

Iceland Waterfalls

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