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Epic

Even though we were unable to continue on our adventure around the island due to our car complications, heaven smiled on us and we had one of those amazing days that make all the hassles of travel worth it.  After cleaning up and biding farewell to our favorite cabin we headed out to Thingvellir National Park where the North American and European continental plates meet and are slowly ripping apart.  Known for its beauty and its fame as the site of the first parliament, we went for its crystal clear waters.  I had heard that snorkeling in the Silfra Lagoon was unlike anything that you had ever experienced.  The visibility is unmatched and it is the only place in the world where you can snorkel between two continental plates.  Located in the continental gap area, the glacial water emerges from the glacier and then is tumbled and filtered by the rocks for 50 years before it seeps out creating not only perfect visibility, but pristine drinking water.  So…..the down side??  The water is only 2degrees C.  Yikes.  Thus, you have to be fitted from head to toe in these crazy dry suits with your long underwear and wool socks underneath.  I took little kid duty and Mike and the older boys geared up.  The go-pro videos they took underwater were exquisite.  These are my attempts to take a few shots from above ground.

 

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They warmed the boys up with cookies and hot chocolate and we set off to find a place to dump our stuff and stay for the night while we waited for a new 9 seater van to be ready for the next day.  (We were using a smaller car that could seat us with double buckling, but didn’t have room really for all of us let alone us and our stuff).  Once we secured a place we treated ourselves to Subway, Luke had been begging, and headed south.  Our first destination was Seljalandsfoss, a narrow waterfall on the southcoast that crashes down into a meadow of wildflowers below.  We arrived in the stillness of the early evening amid bursts of flowers and delicate rainbows.  There is a clear, though slippery, path behind the falls that we were able to manage with our crew which made the adventure all the more worthwhile.  Within walking distance were several other amazing waterfalls that didn’t even have signage……waterfalls are a dime a dozen in Iceland.  Heaven.  A favorite of the kids, was a waterfall calmed Canyon Dweller that we had to climb through a cave to get to.  Lily and I barely made it through the river filled crack.

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Completely content, but knowing that there was one more enormous waterfall awaiting us just 15 minutes further along the coast we squished back in the car once more.  Skogafoss did not disappoint.  Towering and majestic, there was a pathway that led up to the top of the waterfall to the rivers and cascades above.  Already past 9p we were the only ones heading up the 400+ stairs to the dirt trail.  I think if I climbed those stairs with Lily on my front each day I would be in pretty good shape.  I could have basked in the views, the blue skies and the roaring water for hours and would have been happy to continue climbing, but after about 40 minutes Luke assured us that his legs were “TOO TIRED” and we headed back down.
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Not far from the bottom of the falls, Mike convinced the already closed restaurant to serve us hot chocolate and lamb soup.  DELISH.  A perfect end to an epic day.

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