Iceland Day 7: The Hidden Gem

Day 7 was our last full day in Iceland.  We got up early, and made a quick stop at the Jokulsarlon Lagoon to see it one last time.  Then, we hit the road en route to Reykjavik.  We didn’t have much on our itinerary today, we just wanted to soak up the scenic drive as we knew we had about a 5 hour drive ahead of us.  We cranked on some good tunes, and went on our way.  We were about an hour or so down the road when Mandy spotted a waterfall hidden way back on the right.  By this time we felt like we had already seen it all, so we debated pulling over for a second, and then we said screw it and pulled on up to the mini parking lot to see what was going on.  Little did we know we were pulling up to one of the most beautiful hikes and waterfalls we could ever imagine.  To this day I still have no clue what the name of this waterfall was, but to us it is known as the hidden gem.

You could hardly see anything from the parking lot, but you could see a little stream to the left and a hilly trail leading to what sounded like a big waterfall.  Brad and Mandy started the hike first, Audrey and I stayed back at the car and slowly put on our hiking boots while contemplating whether or not this hike was going to be worth it.  After a few minutes, I hear my brother Bradley yelling at us to come on over there.  He sounded so freaking convincing and happy like a little kid in a candy shop, so we figured alright maybe this is worth the trek.

It was an extremely narrow trail along a hillside, and it was absolutely soaked.  Every step felt like we were on the verge of falling into the stream next to us.  After putting our heads down and trekking for a few minutes, boom, a gigantic waterfall appeared and it was tucked away inside these grassy cliffs.  Wow, we have spent a whole week here and how have we never heard of this waterfall.  I was so bummed that my camera was dead at this moment, but I will post some pics that Audrey snapped from her iPhone at this hidden gem on our instagram page. I felt my sugar dropping down when we were hanging at the waterfall, and I had to eat a few glucose tabs to bring it back up in range.  These glucose tabs always come in handy when feeling low.  Anyways, we ended up hanging out here and staring at this waterfall for what felt like half the day.  It is hard to explain, but sitting up close and personal it felt like another world, and we were so glad that Bradley and Mandy made us pull over.   We jumped back in the car after a while and drove back to Reykjavik for the night.  Tomorrow is our last day in Iceland and we are stopping by the Blue Lagoon, and then we are on our way back to Atlanta.



Travel Tips:

  • Glucose tabs always come in handy
  • Sometimes the best things are hidden gems off the beaten path, you just have to go with the flow
  • I don’t know the name of this waterfall, but it was right next to Fosshotel
  • It was a rainy day and the trek to this waterfall was not the safest, so I advise you to be extremely careful if you ever stumble upon this hidden gem

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