Now that we’ve fully explored Reykjavik, it was time to get in our little rental car and head out to the countryside of Iceland. In no particular order, over our 2 days with the rental car, we saw:
Thingvellir National Park
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a historic site and national park in Iceland, east of Reykjavík. It’s known for the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. On the site are the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault. Of all of that history, I like the tectonic plate part the best.
This Geothermal area in the Golden Circle has hot springs, active geysers & boiling mud pits. We stopped just for a moment on our way to other things.
As you approach this waterfall from the parking lot you can’t see more than the top part. You think “OK, well this isn’t all that amazing”. But then you get closer and see how it bends and drops with incredible energy. This one is known for its multi-step cascade along a 90° bend of the Hvitá River.
I just love waterfalls. I wasn’t sure I would be so impressed after seeing Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. But I was. And now I want to see more and more waterfalls! This one is a gorgeous waterfall along route 1.
As we drove, we saw all kinds of beautiful scenery along the way. I’ll now flood you with pictures, as long as you understand that these pictures just don’t do it justice. It was so much prettier in person, but we did the best we could with our phones!
So after 5 fabulous days in Iceland, it was time to pack up, rise at a very early hour (although it was already light!) and head off to London to meet up with Dan and Zoe.
Haley and I like to describe Iceland like a cool Aunt: she’s familiar, but different. You find new things at her house so you look forward to going, but she’s not your mom. But you love her anyway. Iceland was like a big (but somewhat chilly) hug. Haley says she has never wanted to go camping before but Iceland has won her over! Thanks for a great time, Iceland. We love you and all your waterfalls and sheep!