To me, it sometimes appears that most people who visit Seljalandsfoss afterwards just go back to their car and drive to the next destination. Do not do this mistake! Next to Seljalandsfoss, you can experience something unforgettable.
Standing in front of Seljalandsfoss, turn left and walk like 700m until you reach a cave on the right side. Inside of this cave, there is the beautiful Gljúfrabúi waterfall. You can access the cave by going through a crevice in the rock formation. Little side notes: The water of the waterfall chooses the same path. However, with some really big steps, you can jump from stone to stone, in order to not fall into the water and get your feet wet. At some points, we struggled a bit to do so since some of the rocks were some cm under the water as well. Thanks to some good hiking shoes this didn’t matter and it was no problem to get like 5 cm deep into the water. After looking like an out of control marionette we somehow managed to get in there. We got wet (I mean, even wetter than after Seljalandsfoss) after a few seconds inside of this cave, since there is an approximately 30 m high waterfall crashing into a cave causing steam and water drops everywhere.
Inside of this tiny cave, the sun rays shined down through the crack and turned the loud, wet and cold scenery in one of these unforgettable Iceland moments. There is a huge rock in the middle of the cave. I couldn’t help myself but I knew that would be a freaking cool photo with a person standing on it, fighting against the wet and cold waterfall scenery, reaching out for these warm sun rays coming from the top. Having my wet camera in my hands I told Joana to climb up that rock and pose for me as a person for scale. She loved the idea (well, I had to convince her a bit) and went on that rock. You can see the result next to this text.
After taking the shot I actually realized that my camera got all wet, but I had trust in the weather sealing of the body. Weather sealed? Oh well, the lens isn’t – no risk, no fun, I guess? By the way, make sure to have towels ready for drying your lense. It takes like 0,5 seconds until it’s covered with drops again. Read below how to get a good shot with your camera here!
Returning the same way was actually way harder to get inside the cave, but we managed to get out without getting our feet wet. Actually, after being in this cave our feet were the only thing dry.
There it was again – one of these Iceland moments. Outside we looked at each other and both knew that it has been a great experience for a lifetime. We could have stopped in order not to get wet or because I could fear to get my camera wet. But we didn’t. And we knew it was right not to do so.