After being away from home for a month, I finally feel like things are settling down. I finished unpacking, paying bills, reinstated the email that I got blocked out of on day 2 of the trip due to forgetting a digit on my PW, got my sunglasses fixed (they broke early on), and had a little dental work on a tooth that got chipped somewhere along the way. You know, the usual.
Anyway, it is time for me to get back into the blogging world. I’ve missed reading about your adventures and will hopefully get caught up with you soon. In the meantime, let me share a little of my trip with you, one country at a time.
It seems like everyone you talk with these days has either been to Iceland or is planning a trip soon. For us, it was a less expensive trip to Europe that allowed a stopover – we spent 4 nights and enjoyed every minute. What a place!!!
First of all, Iceland is a fairly new country (by European standards) started in 874 A.D. by Norwegian settlers. Their language evolved from Norwegian, but today it is quite different. We had a tour guide (on day 2) who was getting a Master’s in Icelandic history, he was a wealth of knowledge.
Even though it is touristy, we took the 8 hour bus tour of the “Golden Circle” and it was well worth it. We were well layered, but it was very windy and cold – we even saw snow flurries as we stepped out of the bus on our first stop. But as the day went on, the sun came out and even though the wind continued, it became more pleasant.
Þingvellir National Park This wall is the backdrop for Game of Thrones.
Geysir This is the original that is no longer active.
Gullfoss After Niagara Falls, this is the most impressive waterfall I’ve seen.
Kerið Note the steps leading into the crater.
The next day we rented a car and drove to the Middle Peninsula which was recommended by our tour guide. Also, when we mentioned where we were going, the agents at the car rental said that was their favorite place. I can see why. These are pictures I took from the car with my cell phone while JG was driving.
These two pictures made me fell like we were on the moon.
Snæfellsjökull the volcano that inspired Jules Verne to write “Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Renting a car, even for a day, was well worth it. We visited little villages, got away from the tour buses and enjoyed a relaxing day exploring the island on our own.
The rest of the time was spent in Reykjavik.
With it’s colorful buildings. . .
It never got dark. We had to catch a bus at 4 a.m. to go to the airport and this is how light it was.
I can definitely understand why so many tourists are flocking to this amazing island. It is well worth a few days stopover – or as a destination.