Hotel Edda - IKI Laugarvatn
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... Geysir here is not so active at the moment. At it its peak it would hurtle steaming hot water over 70m into the air on a regular basis. Now it is, at best, once OT twice a day to a modest height. More active, if less ambitious, is Strokkur, which fires up to 30m every few minutes. We saw a few while we were there, including a really big one just as we were leaving. A good stop! The final big stop was at Gullfoss to see the 'Golden Falls'. This is ...
... lived a full birdy life). At least it wasn't a sheep! We also got to experience driving through a 6km tunnel that goes under the water towards Reykjavik.
Our first stop was at Thingvellir National Park. This is supposedly the largest national park in Europe. The most interesting part is that it is located on a tectonic plate split, so we got to go wandering around giant tectonic plates at bit. They are splitting ...
... in Iceland is the frequency and reliability of eruption...every 5-10 minutes without fail. The steam from the geysers and other hot spots produced a very cool misty atmosphere that looked fantasy-like in pictures, and this more than made up for the putrid, sulfur-like smell of the area. The first time we saw Strokkur erupt was embarrassing, as we were initially surprised by the magnitude and height of the eruption and ran like idiots thinking we'd ...
... him/her I practiced riding alone in the stable before joining a couple other people for a short ride. It was an interesting experience sitting on an animal and controlling them but my horse followed all of my instructions easily enough. Once I joined the others my horse seemed to kick into autopilot and just followed the horse in front of me without me having to do too much. In fact my horse liked to be immediately behind the other horse ...
... which fell into a deep pool below. Due to the ferocious bitter wind the spray was being picked up and carried, it swirled all around us, lightly misting us when the wind changed direction. Snow encrusted the sides of the mountain and icicles hung from above, every now and then submitting their clasp and dropping like daggers.
Further along Route one, only 10km or so from Vik, we stopped at my favourite view of the day - Dyrholaey, it is a ...