Reykjavik / Golden Circle / Hvolsvöllur Area

 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.

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“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

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The port area where you can see large fishing and whaling vessels, commercial boats, coastguard vessels, tour boats and even Viking boat replicas
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Washing the streets with detergent!
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Reykjavik from Perlan

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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!

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The Silfra fissure
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Lava and pressure create amazing rock formations
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The path along part of the fissure.  other areas are submerged underwater

Another extraordinary fac about this place is that it was the location of Iceland’s first parliament that was  founded in 930 AD!

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Parliament hill, or mound
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The plain and river below where the masses camped for about 3 weeks whilst meeting were held and matters discussed and decided.
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I thought this a pretty little waterfall until I discovered it’s macabre history.  This is promiscuity or infidelity.  The men involved were not drowned but burned at the stake.

 

 

 

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.

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As the first cloud dissipates a second eruption occurs

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There was a field of hot bubbling craters of all descriptions

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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.

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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.

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Goats in the nearby field.

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