Our first goal of the day was some falls east of Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Sellfoss. On our way there, though, we noticed a tour bus turning in at a little side road. When we saw the brown sign, we decided to follow it. We ended up at some springs in caves below a rift, Gjrotagja. The hot springs in the caves were a popular bathing site until some eruptions at nearby Krafla raised the temperatures too hot for comfort. The waters have cooled down again now, but bathing is still no longer allowed.
Next, we went to Sellfoss and Dettifoss, an impressive site with two major falls. First we hiked to Sellfoss, the upper falls.
Then we hiked to the lower falls, Dettifoss. It was an incredible sight, hard to capture in a photograph. The sound of the thundering waters made conversation difficult. I’m just glad the rainbows created by the mists came through so well in the pictures.
After visiting the falls, we drove up to Husavik, where we hoped to take in a whale watching tour. We booked one for 6 pm and set off to find dinner before the tour started. Lonely Planet came through for us, recommending a funky restaurant in a tent behind the booths for the whale watching tours, Pallurinn. We had fish and lamb sandwiches, and the food did not disappoint. Fast and fresh, with a bit of a far east flair to the spices, and we were easily in and out in time to get to our whale watching tour.
The tour itself was great fun. I wasn’t very successful in the picture-taking department, but we saw dozens of whales, as well as several pods of playful dolphins and quite a few puffins (which the little kids on the tour with us were particularly thrilled about). At one point, a whale even surfaced right next to our boat, which was a thrill.
You can see more pictures of the the whale watching here.
We didn’t get back to our vacation rental until close to 11 pm that night — in near daylight.