Day of Excursions

Trip Start Jul 16, 2013
Trip End Oct 07, 2013

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What a pleasant way to wake up. A friend of my hostess dropped in for a visit and she picked up one of the guitars and started gently picking away and singing. Bloody superb.

The view from my bed. Last time I was away I got the idea of the Audrey Hepburn wall tattoo... perhaps I'll find some butterflies for the ceiling too.

What does whale meat look like? It's red just like beef.

Didn't bring your fishing rod with you? No problem, you can rent one down the wharf. I wonder whether anyone ever catches anything and if they do what do they do with it?

A real play-ground. All one sees nowadays are those generic playgrounds where every piece of equipment is the same gaudy colour no matter in which play-ground it is. There just seems to be no adventure in that. This playground though seemed to have real stuff lying around, stuff you could really injure yourself on.

Another view of the city the other side of the lake. I've discovered the panorama feature of my camera so expect more of this sort of shot. Though I must say everything looks a bit small.

The bus for my tour was almost an hour late - it's a wonder I actually waited that long... Anyway, at least it was just a half day tour. At first I thought the driver was never going to stop talking but in the end he turned out go be really interesting with a really good sense of humour.

What can I say - a horse. Apparently in Iceland there is a specific Icelandic breed of horse and many of them are outside iceland... never to return. Their quarantine laws are such that no horse can ever return.

Geysir. It's basically a town name but originally it was, and still is, the name of one particular geyser which gave the world another word. It turns out though that the original geyser has stopped geysering but luckily for Iceland there's another one - with a different name - which gushes much more often albeit not as high.

This newer geyser erupts every three minutes or so... Old Faithful erupts every sixty to ninety minutes.

A view back to where the action is. Of course lots of tourists... Especially with the barrier it just isn't that impressive. I suppose it is pretty amazing though: the water is heated by lava or something and eventually boils up and this happens over and over again. But you have a look and on you go.

This is called little geyser but I didn't see it erupt... it just boils away constantly. That's also pretty amazing if you think about it.

In fact the area was full of these boiling pools. It's roped off because the ground gets pretty soft over there.

Next stop Gullfoss - Golden Waterfall. Apparently one of the top waterfalls in the world... These things always come across better on tv as they can fly across them in a helicopter.

One of me to show I was here. I don't look too happy but I'd feel like an idiot taking a selfie and smiling at myself.

A few extra photos of the waterfall.

It's actually quite difficult to see where the water goes... it seems to just disappear.

This is where the European and American tectonic plates meet - or rather part. This gap grows by 2 cm per year. It also means that Iceland gets bigger every year.

Žingvellir. This is where the Icelandic parliament met every year from 930 till 1700 and something. Of course there were no buildings back then as there are now. Certain chieftains came here to make laws and they had rudimentary shelter but thousands of other people would come along just for the occasion and they would just set up camp.

Not really much here now but it looks pretty good. Bit more meaningful if you're a Viking no doubt.

Then it was back to Reykjavķk. It's really close which surprised me.

I bought myself another hat/cap for my collection. A knitted number Icelandic style.

Then a few beers with the German Esperantists some of whom had gone to Greenland for the day.

After a couple of hours I wondered when we were going to eat but it turned out to be never - everyone else had already eaten. Luckily I had my chip stand to fall back on. I got there just as they were closing... so another late night.
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Johnno on

Venu Bobby, rideto!

Phil Jones on

Thanks for the never-ending stories, Bobby!

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