I suppose we all dream of flying. The feeling of being above the world, watching it through birds eyes and effortlessly gliding through the sky in total calm. Here’s how it actually happened for me.
I’ve had the intention to do it for quite a while now, and when I finally agreed on the date with my friend Gisli, one of the tandem pilots from True Adventure, I was all ready to set off from Reykjavik to Vik in the morning, excited about finally making it all come true, perhaps also a bit antsy about how it will all go. Not a bad kind of sensation, but I can certainly feel a few butterflies chasing each other in my stomach.
I wanted to make a day out of the whole experience and had a few places in mind to include in my trip. Leaving Reykjavik in the early morning, my aim was to stop at two of the most mesmerizing waterfalls of south Iceland, Selljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. I never tire of visiting these places, their beauty and power are a magnet that draws me time and time again. Taking shots, or just admiring the exhilarating and compelling might of the water. When I jumped out of my car at the first of the duo, I decided to skip the main attraction, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and instead headed towards the less known, but one of my personal favourites, Gljúfrabúi waterfall. It’s only a short walk from Sejlalandsfoss, you need to wade through a small creek between the cliffs (make sure you watch your steps as it’s extremely slippery), then you’re there, and I guarantee your breath will be taken away by the pure awesomeness that surrounds you. There is a lot of moisture around you too, so look after your camera as it might get wet pretty fast from the tiny droplets of water permeating the air and creating the magical feeling and an opportunity to take amazing pictures.
After some great moments at Gljúfrabúi, next stop was Skogafoss which is not just one of the biggest and most impressive waterfalls in Iceland but if you are lucky you can see a double rainbow above it. Even if you don’t, it’s still worth a stop just to enjoy the pure beauty of nature and I was early enough to have the place mostly to myself.
About half an hour later I was in Vik and ready for the adventure in the sky I’ve been looking forward to for so long. The True Adventure guys were waiting for me and after a few short moments we were already at the take off spot to the east of the village of Vik, at the top of Reynisfjall. I spent a few short minutes double checking my camera and equipment and before I knew it I was already in the harness, and Gisli was giving me instructions about what’s coming next. There was no time to think anymore about the height or the speed or any other details, just a few quick steps,”run, run, run” and we were airborne. As simple as that, just sit back and relax. And, of course, make full use of the amazing photo opportunity that gliding in the sky had to offer. I wanted to fly over the Black Sand beach but Gisli explained to me that because of the east wind that morning we had to take off against it and head over the village of Vik. We then had the amazing view of Reynisfjara approaching from the ocean. We turned back inland looking over Vik and Mýrdalssandur to land right next to Nordurvik hostel and enjoy a cup of coffee there. The landing was perfect and I was sure paragliding was something I would definitely do again.
After the excitement and exhilaration of flying above Vik, I made a quick stop and enjoyed a relaxing dip in one of the oldest standing swimming pools in Iceland - Seljavallalaug. It was, no doubt the perfect ending of an amazing day, filled with so many unforgettable moments and so much fun.