Wednesday, June 10, 2015

the Golden Circle, Iceland: Day 3

horsies
Icelandic pure-bred horses, EVERYWHERE!
Geysir !!
on the road
Iceland is one big backdrop for a car commercial. 
land
on the road on the road
Vern in her element - ROCKS. She is had a rock hammer with her at all times. She is a geologist. 
Geysir !!
The walk to Geysir, smells like rotten eggs. 
Geysir !!
Geysir !! Geysir !! Geysir !!
This picture I took of Geysir looks like a monster to me, doesnt it?
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waterfall
Freezing my ass off at Gullfoss
Gullfoss
RAINBOW!
 Gullfoss Geysir !!
Geysir !!
I think you can see hell from here. 
vern Geysir !!
Þingvellir
on the road
Day 3 in Iceland was by far the most jam-packed. Only getting little to no sleep after going out the night before, we woke up early to get our car. Not going to lie, that morning was a struggle, but we had so much to see! We rented a 4 wheel drive from Blue Car Rental for a very good price (it helped that we went right before peak tourist season). We find out at the rental office that the F roads which we were planning on exploring for 2 days were completely closed. Apparently it had been a bad winter and the roads were still snowed over and wouldn't be open until July. We agreed had they said we missed it by a few weeks we would have been more upset, but 2 months was something we could have done nothing about. Guess we just have to go back so we can see Landmannalagur.
First stop on the Golden Circle was Þingvellir National Park. It was where Iceland's first parliament was set up (back in Viking times) and where two continental plates meet. They say that the north American and Eurasian plates drift apart 1 centimeter each year and you can walk in between the rifts.
We drive to our next destination, Geysir. The roads are so picturesque, it's hard not to just get out and take pictures every few minutes. On the way we see signs for ice cream and follow the breadcrumbs to a dairy farm turned farm hotel and restaurant. The scoop shop was super cute with windows where you can see the cows in their stalls. Doesn't get any fresher than that.
Geysir was one of the most entertaining phenomenons I have ever witnessed. Boiling hot water spraying 30 meters into the air. The anticipation of the hot spring water pulsing faster and faster until an eruption - I screamed with excitement every time. Apparently Geysir (which all geysers are named after) was dormant for years before the volcano eruption in Iceland a few years ago, now it erupts every few minutes. We explore a few more of the boiling hot springs nearby (it smells like sulfur - ROTTEN EGGS!). I truly felt like I was on another planet.
We check into our hostel, Laugarvatn Hostel, and call our moms for Mother's Day.
After a little relaxing, we head back out to see Gullfoss Waterfall. The great thing about it not ever getting dark is that we have more hours in the day to see things. Gullfoss was just WOW. Huge. I don't think I've ever seen so much water moving with such velocity and power. But it was so so cold and wet, we could only bear standing near it for so long.
The Golden Circle is pretty barren when it comes to food and gas, especially on Sundays late in the evening. After searching for a place to eat dinner, it was a race against the clock to get to the only restaurant open in town before they closed. We literally ran into the place with shoelaces untied. Alas, we did get some reindeer burgers, not the best burger on the trip, but it hit the spot. 
Geysir !!
This is how excited we were. At all times during our trip. 
on the road
horsies
horsies
Þingvellir
on the road
Þingvellir
Þingvellir
Þingvellir
Geysir !! Geysir !! Geysir !! Geysir !! Geysir !! Geysir !!
on the road
path burger
our mediocre burger

1 comment:

  1. You must have learned a lot about geology! How interesting.

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