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... the next two nights. The room is actually an efficiency apartment in the downtown area and quite nice. We had to push the twin beds together, but still very European. This is Iceland’s second largest city in terms of population with 17,000 people. It’s a bit bigger than that as there are small nearby villages whose borders have been reached. The downtown is a bizarre mix of European density with Icelandic architecture – yeah, sort of like a Lego city with roads ...
... tell we were moving towards a more populated area because the number of cars and buses at Godafoss was crazy. We did make a quick visit, took a few pictures, and were rewarded with observing a morning horseback riding group heading out for their ride. We are not sure why such a large group of horses and so many without riders go out together but that seems to be the pattern here. Once again the Icelandic horse ...
Our last full day of travel in the north of Iceland so of course we first went to a waterfall. Godafoss is the waterfall of the gods where the leader of the region threw his pagan gods into the water on conversion to Christianity. From here we wound around several more fjords & visited an historic turf covered farm & vicarage which has been made into a museum. The original ...
... we should be honoured or scared!? We retrace our route to the falls we had done the day before and soon find ourselves on a gravel road. We are getting déjà vue - it's the African massage experience all over again this time it's the Icelandic version! After a brief stop at a cairn to which tourists are supposed to add their own stone, we arrive at a most remarkable site - Hveravellir Hot Springs - right in ...
... between mountain ranges that looked like they belong on a bottle Hidden Valley ranch dressing, this drive couldn't have gotten any more beautiful. At one point I was driving though a sudden snowstorm where the white stuff was near horizontal, and five minutes later it had cleared completely and I was surrounded by Icelandic horse pastures. Later I came across a vista deserving of a Lord of the Rings-style wide panning shot. And right before Akureyri was ...