Iceland: Day 2 - The Golden Circle

May 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Sunday, May 25

We slept. And slept. 15 hours later, we awoke to the sound of tour buses. Apparently we were tired! It was 2:00 pm and the crowds were in full force. We joined them at Strokkur to watch it erupt a few times, which was quite fun, and then headed down the road to Gullfoss. It was tourist central at the falls, and I would say it was not particularly spectacular compared to other waterfalls I've seen, and other ones we would later encounter on the trip.

The rain let up a bit for us to view these attractions, and then we drove to Þingvellir where we were able to hike the rift between two tectonic plates! Here a beautiful waterfall Öxarárfoss cascaded into the gap.

Tectonic GapTectonic Gap

ÖxarárfossÖxarárfoss

Here are some video clips from Þingvellir.

We drove to the south coast through green fields and grey skies, into a strong headwind. We pulled into Seljalandsfoss and drove onward to Gljúfurárfoss. I struggled with the poor lighting, as well as the constant spray onto my camera lens. Pictured below is Gljúfurárfoss:

GljúfurárfossGljúfurárfoss

We decided to head onward, but the storm grew too intense for comfort, so we turned around after a few minutes and camped for the night at a pullout near Seljalandsfoss. I had to get out of bed and turn the RV around so it faced directly into the wind, because the back end was shaking so much. 


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