Jökulsargljufur National Park
Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
64Trip End Mar 25, 2008
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Day 2: Had my most adventurous experience in Iceland today. I was excited to visit Europe´s largest waterfall, Detifoss. I properly followed the tourist info´s advice and drove down the westerly freeway, actually more of a one-lane dirt path. Innocent puddles turned into ponds with last night´s downpour. Potholes becames hidden in the waters. And the drive became a roller coaster ride similar to the Indiana Jones ride at Knott´s Berry Farm. Except there was no track the car followed, the rocks I swerved away from were not plastic, and I had no idea how deep the water was each time I drove through.
Day 3: Saw a glimmer of sun this morning and decided this was going to be a better day. At least a longer day if the sun is still out. Drove safely down the easterly paved gravel road and took another look at Detifoss. I was inches away from the waterfall just before it crashed downwards. There were other Americans who commented that this degree of accessibility would not be possible in the States. No railings, no ropes, no Maid of the Mist boat tours or rain jackets (Niagara Falls). Just rocks, the roaring glacial water, and a rainbow. It was awesome.
I drove down to Lake Myvatn again and hiked the rim of Hverfjall, a 2500 year old volcano. It took 2 hours. Saw the entire lake from up above with its different lava formations, pseudocraters, and mudpots. By the end, had wind burns on my face but the view was well worth it. Went to a farm to watch daily cow milking. Rewarded my hiking efforts with a shot of fresh milk. The farmhand looked blankly at me when I asked if it was pasteurized before mass distribution. Hm, thought fondly of my friends, Listeria, Brucella, Salmonella, etc.
Day 4: Drove back to Akureyri. Per gypsy88´s advice, I revisited Dr. Karason, the osteopath in town. This time he was in. He´s one of two osteopathic doctors in Iceland. Graduated from British College of Osteopathy in 2000 and has been working ever since. Mainly performs manual treatments as British osteopaths do not prescribe meds or perform surgeries. He corrected my previous misconception of his 7 hour workdays. It´s more like 12-13 hour days and he sees 40-50 people a day. I would be lucky if I can see 20 patients in one day! Well, he was nice to entertain my endless questions. The visit definitely made my day.