Iceland Day 3: Chasing Waterfalls around the Golden Circle
We woke up and chowed down on breakfast. I went with the famous Iceland yogurt, Skyr, which I will elaborate more on later. It’s always important to scout out foods when you are in unfamiliar territories to see what your healthier options are. This yogurt was great as it was low carb and low sugar but still tasted delicious and was actually quite filling. We also had a big cup of coffee to get some pep in our step as we went on our way down the Golden Circle.
We started at Gullfoss, which is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. This place was nuts, the scenery was mindblowing, and their was snow all over the ground. We went on quite the hike to get up above the waterfalls and this is where my first little diabetic issue came in to play.. the low blood sugar. Thankfully, I had glucose tabs on board so I could quickly correct this situation and come back to reality. It is so important to have fast acting carbs on board while on the road, and glucose tabs have always been a big go-to for me! We explored Gullfoss for a while, then drove down the rest of the Golden Circle and back on the Ring Road.
We grabbed a quick lunch, chugged some H2O, and went on our way. We then stopped at three waterfalls (Seljalandsfoss, Gljufurarfoss, and Skogafoss) to explore and hike around. Icelandic words are bizarre but fun to try and say and I’m assuming “foss” means waterfall. Anyway, these falls all offered some insane beauty. I’ll give you a quick rundown of each and why it’s worth it to visit them if you are ever in Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss is a big waterfall right off the side of the main road, it’s impossible to miss. We pulled over, had a big burst of energy, and decided it was time to hit a quick workout after sitting in the car for 2 hours. Brad and I did a tabata set (8 sets of 20 seconds with a 10 second rest) of pushups and squats, It was fun getting our heart rate up to get a boost of energy.
We then walked about 10 minutes around the corner from Seljalandsfoss to one of Iceland’s hidden gems, Gljufurarfoss. We walked through some ankle deep water and walked back into a cave, hidden behind the waterfall. It was awesome, the waterfall was pounding the ground and we got soaked but it was all worth it.
We went on our way and drove to our final destination of the day, Skogafoss. This waterfall was great because it came with an awesome hike to the top. Now, don’t get me wrong, this was a heck of a hike to the top because it felt like never-ending steps. It’s so worth it when you get to the top, you are blessed with some incredible views of the waterfall and the Atlantic Ocean in the background. Not to mention, the hike definitely burned a good bit of calories and helped shed off that unwanted body fat.
• When in Iceland, you have to go chasing waterfalls
• Quick interval workouts can be done anywhere, and they will definitely help keep you right after a day full of sitting or driving in this case… and they gave me an energy boost and helped knock down those blood sugars
• Take advice from locals, they know where the hidden gems are