Roadtrip to Iceland

Iceland: the land of fire and ice

Our trip started by visiting the capital city of Reykjavik via WOW airlines. A cozy Christmas atmosphere was the best gift against the windy and rainy November. What followed was an amazing road trip by arctic adventures with a local guide, Sindri a truly wise man.

day 1: Arctic adventure tour began with the three famous Golden Circle attractions:  Þingvellir (Pingvellir), Geysir and Gullfoss.  Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, is the place where the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament, Alþingi, in the year 930. This is the oldest continuously operating Parliament in the world, it is certainly situated in one of the most geologically amazing places on the planet.

The boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates is here, they have been slowly edging apart creating a rift valley, and a great cliff right behind where the Law Speaker would stand in the olden days. Þingvallavatn is a very beautiful lake set within this incredible landscape. We did visit the geothermally active area of Geysir, this is the erupting hot spring from which the English word, Geyser, has been taken. Next, is Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), the most often visited waterfall in Iceland. See the golden spray around the waterfall, and feel the water droplets in the air as the amazing powerful Hvíta (the White River), roars through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m.

On a clear day, we get great views of Mount Hekla on the way to Seljalandsfoss, one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. We did walk behind the powerful but graceful falls to enjoy the view from both sides. Next up, is Skógafoss, a really impressive waterfall that drops 60 m into the tranquil pool below. There are 527 steps leading to the top giving another vantage point. The famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, lurks high above the waterfall. First stop for rest at the small coastal town of Vík, a really great place to catch the mesmerizing northern lights if the conditions were right.

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