Our flight touched down in Reykjavik a little after 12:00 am, and our flight to London didn't leave for another 12 hours. As we walked around the airport, it was so empty & quiet that we could hear the sound of the Icelandic wind ripping around outside. We knew that this opportunity was only going to come around once, so we decided to go for it. We spent way too much on a small little rental car (close to $150) & drove off into the cold, rainy, windy night.
We only made it about 45 minutes until the jet lag started to get to us, so we decided to pull over & try to get some sleep. We pulled over on one of the pull-offs along Route 1 on Iceland's southern coast. About an hour before sunrise, the wind woke us up. We decided to just keep driving until we saw something. Then, right as the morning light started to filter in through the heavy clouds, we saw what we had came here for - an Icelandic waterfall, Seljalandsfoss.
We spent the next few hours driving, stoping periodically, and soaking in the beauty that the southern part of Iceland had to offer. I am so glad we decided to spend the money on a rental car & see this amazing place, rather than wait it out in the warm, safe, comfortable airport. Even though the car rental price seemed a little crazy at first, I would have spent 3 times that much to have the memories we have now - those 12 hours were priceless.
The amount of time we had here did not do iceland justice. we are just counting down the days until we can return & spend more time, getting even more lost. Next summer is our hope - anyone want to tag along??