Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss
Today we make our way to the south coast of Iceland. On the way we visit Thingvellir National Park, located in the dramatic rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart, clearly visible at the great Almannagjá or Everyman’s Gorge. We saw where they film Games of Thrones. Exciting.
A scenic drive through classic Icelandic farmland. Lots of sheep with their babies and Iceland horses.
Gullfoss, or Gold Falls, Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Hey I thought that Niagara Fall was amazing
Our next stop was at Geysir, the place giving its name to the phenomenon worldwide.
Mt Hekla, one of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes.
Monday, June 6: Snæfellsnes Peninsula South Shore
Today we explore the south side of the peninsula and the area south
of Snæfellsjokull volcano. We walk the scenic trail from Hellnar, the
home of Bardur the guardian spirit of Snaefellsnes, to Arnarstapi
and see a variety of geological formations. Here the beaches are
golden, black or pebbled and many are favored by seals. We
visit Vatnshellir cave, a very large lavatube located underneath
Snæfellsjokull glacier our own journey into the earth.
We hiked along the shore and the landscape was breathtaking.
Rhonda’s birthday dinner
Sunday, June 5: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Sailing Tour
This morning we set off on a sailing tour out on Breidafjordur Bay.
The beautiful bay has numerous skerries with varied bird life and
whales. Our crew scoops up fresh scallops, sea urchins, crabs,
starfish and sea cucumbers for us to taste. This afternoon we explore
the north side of Snæfellsnes peninsula including an easy climb to
the top of Mt. Helgafell which gives us breathtaking views of the
surroundings and three wishes if we think good thoughts and don’t
look back on our way up. We visited a small fishing villages on the
north side and the Bjarnarhofn shark farm – the most famous shark
farm in Iceland. We learned how Icelandic fermented shark is prepared
and have a taste if you dare! We did and it was awful.
Saturday, June 4: Arrive Reykjavik
We arrive to Reykjavik early this morning – and enjoy a traditional Icelandic breakfast before heading out to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The enchanting landscape has beautiful mountain ranges, numerous beaches, lava caves, waterfalls and mineral hot springs and at the end of the peninsula is the majestic Snæfellsjokull volcano made famous in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of Earth. We’re staying in Stykkisholmur town (pop.1,100) on the north side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula; this is one ofIceland’s most picturesque fishing villages with beautiful 19th century architecture. We’ll enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the town. There are also museums, cafes and small boutiques in the center of the town.
It was Rhonda’s birthday and we celebrated it in style. Red and white wine along with some bubblies and good wishes.
Our guide is amazing.