The Journey towards Vik

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Drangshlio Farmer's Guesthouse

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

After picking up the hire car and having instructions on how to get out of Reykjavik we headed for the outdoor shop.  To try and make travelling easier we had left two of our bags in London and I had left the waterproof coats in one of those bags!  The weather forecast for the next couple of days is rain, so there's the excuse for buying some new gear!

We then hit the road – Circular 1 and started out on our Iceland adventure.  Navigation was quite easy once we became accustomed to the scale.  The first port of call was Pingvellir National Park and Lake Pingvallavatn which is situated on the Icelandic rift zone.  Apparently the lake has sunk 300m over the past 5000 years because of the tectonic plates pulling away from each other.  This is where the Viking settlers formed parliament so we learnt quite a bit about the Viking history of the country.  The children loved the freedom and enjoyed running around.  They explored a tiny cave and were convinced they were talking to a troll!

After this area we continued to the Geysir Hot Spring area to witness the smell of rotten eggs again – just like New Zealand last year.  Boiling, bubbling water and a geysir called Strokkur which erupted every few minutes.  It was great to watch the water bubble and then shoot up way into the sky.  Daniel and Lucy really jumped the first time as they didn’t know quite what to expect.  After spurting way up into the sky the water was sucked back into the hole just like a plug hole.  Steam everywhere and holes of boiling water, I was a nervous wreck trying to keep Daniel away from the edge.  The more I stressed, the more he pushed!  There was a gorgeous pool of water full of glittering coins that people had thrown in over the years.  At the far end of the pool was a hole to nowhere.  It was the type of place that you just wanted to stand and stare at.

Next it was on to Gullfoss Waterfall, an incredible sight, particularly up close.  Once again it was a case of holding Daniel tight to keep him away from the edge.  Photos don’t do this place justice, the noise of the thundering water and the amount of spray being blown backwards.  We needed cake and coffee afterwards before the drive to Skogar to our hotel.  The hotel was situated below a huge cliff, dotted with caves.  In amongst the caves were traditional turf roofed barns and troll houses, much to the excitement of Lucy and Daniel.  We also managed to find some fairy houses but no fairies were at home. 
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