Day 2. Landmannalaugar, Geysir and Gullfoss

Trip Start Jun 15, 2010
Trip End Jun 25, 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Unfortunately the weather was not looking good when i went for a quick breakfast. It was raining pretty heavily but I decided to head off anyway and made my way towards Landmannalaugar, which is a remote area I had heard was nice. The drive took about 2hrs from Hella. The road was initially paved but once i got closer it turned to dirt and I was very happy to be in a 4x4. It was very rough with rocks all over the place and deep dirt that would grab your tires and try to kill you if you weren't concentrating. It was quite exciting though. The countryside got more and more beautiful the closer I got to Landmannalaugar. It's quite a unique looking landscape with really strange patterns and colours on the mountains. Although it was still raining it looked amazing and I seriously felt like i was on another planet. It looks prehistoric. Hopefully you can get a bit of an idea of this in my photos.

I drove around for a while until I ended up having to drive across two streams and then onto some pretty steep and sketchy hills. As i hadn't seen another car for quite a while i thought it best not to push my luck and headed back. I had planned on doing a hike but didn't feel like getting soaked.   

As it was only early afternoon by the time i was getting back near civilisation I decided to head to two of the more popular (and touristy) places that I was planiing on avoiding. Thankfully the weather was getting better and by the time i got there the sun was out and it was very nice indeed.

The first place was Geysir, which is where the word 'Geyser' came from. It was a pretty cool geyser that 'went off' every few minutes. It was quite fun trying to get a proper photo as you basically just had to stand with the camera ready and click as soon as you heard it go. I then drove around to Gullfoss which is a massive waterfall. I've never seen one that big so i thought it was pretty cool but not really all that exciting. I then headed back to the hotel in Hella as I'd been driving for over 8hrs and was getting knackered.
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