3 things I liked today
- The amazing fissure
- Seeing my first geyser!
- Finding out so many things that I knew nothing about
We had breakfast in the guesthouse across the road before setting off for the day. It was quite exciting knowing we could just sit back and enjoy. Our first activity for the day was to explore Reykjavik. Despite our walk the day before, discovering architecture, coloured houses, and the famous Hallgrimskirkja church we were treated with an array of very different sights.
“The name of this iconic piece is the Sun Voyager, Sólfarið in Icelandic language, made by local artist Jón Gunnar Árnason. While certainly reminiscent of a viking boat the sculpture is in fact an ode to the sun. The boat is a dreamboat calling forth the promise of uncharted territories. It is a dream of hope.” Source : Total Iceland
The Perlan building overlooks Reykjavík. It is situated on the Öskjuhlíð hill. It is 25.7 metres high and has a revolving restaurant and a viewing deck that affords fantastic views of the city.
After our tour of the town we set off on the ‘Golden Circle’ route to Thingvellir National Park. I was amazed to discover the Silfra fissure which is actually where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates slowly pull apart. The gap or large crack in the earth is ever moving and quite extraordinary!
Another extraordinary fac about this place is that it was the location of Iceland’s first parliament that was founded in 930 AD!
From here we drove to the Geysir geothermal area. Here we were entertained by the Strokkur Geyser that erupts around every 10 minutes. Sometimes it erupts twice in quick succession shooting and spurting hot water 20-30 metres in the air.
There was a field of hot bubbling craters of all descriptions
From here we drove to the impressive and powerful Gullfoss, the ‘golden’ double waterfall on the Hvita River.
We also stopped and enjoyed another waterfall. Interestingly, there was a fish ladder along the left side. This allows fish, such as salmon easy access to the upper river to spawn.
We finally discovered our guesthouse on a farm in the Hvolsvöllur region. We satyed in a lovely little log cabin whilst a farmed baled hay at 8:00pm just outside our door. Here is does not get dark until 11:30pm and the sun rises a few hours later.