Iceland – Waterfalls, Geysers, Craters

After being away from home for a month, I finally feel like things are settling down. I finished unpacking, paying bills, reinstated the email that I got blocked out of on day 2 of the trip due to forgetting a digit on my PW, got my sunglasses fixed (they broke early on), and had a little dental work on a tooth that got chipped somewhere along the way.  You know, the usual.

Anyway, it is time for me to get back into the blogging world.  I’ve missed reading about your adventures and will hopefully get caught up with you soon.  In the meantime, let me share a little of my trip with you, one country at a time.

It seems like everyone you talk with these days has either been to Iceland or is planning a trip soon.  For us, it was a less expensive trip to Europe that allowed a stopover – we spent 4 nights and enjoyed every minute.  What a place!!!

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First of all, Iceland is a fairly new country (by European standards) started in 874 A.D. by Norwegian settlers.  Their language evolved from Norwegian, but today it is quite different.  We had a tour guide (on day 2) who was getting a Master’s in Icelandic history, he was a wealth of knowledge.

Even though it is touristy, we took the 8 hour bus tour of the “Golden Circle” and it was well worth it.   We were well layered, but it was very windy and cold – we even saw snow flurries as we stepped out of the bus on our first stop.  But as the day went on, the sun came out and even though the wind continued, it became more pleasant.

 

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Þingvellir National Park  This wall is the backdrop for Game of Thrones.

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Geysir This is the original that is no longer active.

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Gullfoss After Niagara Falls, this is the most impressive waterfall I’ve seen.DSCN5027

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Kerið  Note the steps leading into the crater.

The next day we rented a car and drove to the Middle Peninsula which was recommended by our tour guide.  Also, when we mentioned where we were going, the agents at the car rental said that was their favorite place.  I can see why.  These are pictures I took from the car with my cell phone while JG was driving.

 

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These two pictures made me fell like we were on the moon.

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 Snæfellsjökull the volcano that inspired Jules Verne to write “Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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Renting a car, even for a day, was well worth it.  We visited little villages, got away from the tour buses and enjoyed a relaxing day exploring the island on our own.

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The rest of the time was spent in Reykjavik.

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With it’s colorful buildings. . .

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and murals.

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It never got dark.  We had to catch a bus at 4 a.m. to go to the airport and this is how light it was.

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I can definitely understand why so many tourists are flocking to this amazing island.  It is well worth a few days stopover – or as a destination.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Iceland – Waterfalls, Geysers, Craters

  1. Welcome back. It was funny to see a post from you in my mailbox this morning because I was just thinking yesterday that it had been a while 🙂

    Your photos of Iceland are beautiful. We too spent a few days there on the return leg from a trip to Europe a few years ago. It was much cheaper and we had a chance to see this marvelous country. I would love to make a return trip one day and spend more time exploring.

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  2. It does seem that Iceland is on just about everyone’s To Do list lately. I hope to get there one of these days. I’m always conflicted with those “touristy” bus trips too, but I almost always am glad when we take them – they give a good overview of the area.

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    1. Being there for a short time, we found the bus trip to be an ideal way of discovering the island and learning about it’s history. We probably wouldn’t have discovered all of those places on our own. Plus the guide gave us tips for the best places to go off the grid. I hope you get there, it’s so unique.

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  3. I’m sorry to hear about all your mishaps. Ah, life, always ready to throw you a curve ball. I’m glad you’re feeling more settled at home. I’m sure these incredible vistas, art, blue skies and amazing water vistas will stay with you for a long time. It’s all breathtaking.

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