Starting Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Ending Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Details of the day: Admittedly, today started out rather poorly. It was cool, cloudy and rainy. Rather grey and grim. To compound the issue I had to go and buy two brand new tires for the 4×4. If you didn’t know 4×4 tires are rather expensive.
Stop 1: N1 Tire Store
Total cost for tire incident = ISK 94,000 or € 561 or $ 719 (emergency tow 64km, repair tire, 1 used tire, two new tires) We had €1100 deductable on car insurance, so we pay it all unless my car insurance in NL covers it.
We finally headed out of town at 11:30 AM. I was convinced that the day was shot and we would have to alter our plans. I was mistaken.
Stop 2: Waterfall Gullfoss
two tiered waterfalls. You definitely realize you are not in the USA. You can walk right up to the edge, very little safety measures, no park ranges keeping you off the rocks. Not as big as Niagara or Victoria, but impressive in how approachable it is.
Stop 3: Geysir
The origin of the English word Geyser. A geothermal area with hot pots and geysers. Some pretty colors in the waters, an odd sulpher smell in the air, and interesting to think about water percolating down into the ground and finding magma so close it heats
the water to points over boiling. Geysir geyser no longer is spectacular, but its neighbor Strokkur does a little show every 10 minutes or so.
Stop 4: Þingvellir
A historic stop for us. This is the national park where Iceland celebrates it political history. Over 1100 years ago the leaders of Iceland began meeting here in the form of a parliament (that is 1800 years before the US Constitution!). They met once a year to recite the law of the land and to add any needed laws. Geologically it was interesting also because it is the best place in Iceland to see the North American continental and European continental plates pulling apart.
Here is a picture of my brother straddling two continents at once!
Surprise Sight of the Day: At one point the clouds broke clear and we had a clear shot of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano. We could see the plume towering into the sky. We were about 60 miles
northwest of the volcano.
Plans for Tomorrow: We head out from the capital to the north to begin our clockwise trip around the Island. Our goal is to arrive in Blönduós, Iceland in the evening. The trip is only 240 KM but will take us all day. Here is the route.