Our last day in Iceland we stayed close to the airport and explored the Reykjanes Peninsula.
The first place we stopped was cliff Valahnúkur, where we watched the ocean waves crash against the volcanic rocks and cliffs. The cliffs are part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, marking the boundary where the North American plate and Eurasian plate are slowly drifting apart.
As we ventured out onto the metal lookout platform, we saw some other tourists wearing rain ponchos with a plastic bag over their camera. I thought they were just extra cautious, until this happened! I stopped the video and ran as soon as I realized that we were about to be SOAKED, so it doesn’t capture the secondary splash that came in from the side… drenching us!
Our flight was leaving in a few hours, we had packed up all of our dirty clothes and checked out of the apartment that morning, and now we were soaking wet! That put an end to our sightseeing and we cranked the heat as we drove the rest of the way around the peninsula and out to the airport.
Since DJ had a dry coat, we had him drop us off at that airport with all the luggage and return the rental car by himself, so that we all didn’t freeze to death in our wet clothes. The kids and I dug out some dirty clothes from the suitcases to change into, pulled out our boots (since our shoes were soaked), and laid our wet socks across the radiators in the airport waiting area. It was not an ideal way to start our long trek home, but we’ll sure remember getting soaked by that giant wave!
Because Iceland Air cancelled all of their direct flights from DFW after we purchased our tickets, we ended up with some really horrible layovers. On the way home, we flew all the way over to Seattle where we had to spend 6 hours in the airport before catching our flight back home.