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  • Day3

    Gullfoss and crowds

    September 29 in Iceland

    I miss Les’s cowboy hat! We stopped at Iceland’s biggest water fall and even in the off season everyone is here. So Les and I walked to the overlooks and got lost from each other. Boy are there a lot of blue coats here and everyone has their hoods up. Also lots of tall people. Where is that cowboy hat when you need it.

  • Day4

    2.4 Gullfoss (waterfall)

    August 27 in Iceland

    The great waterfall Gullfoss. An huge canyon formed by the extensive water masses falling into the depths. It is 31m high (11m+21m) two step waterfall.

    Another bonus: incredibly strong winds!

  • Day4

    Bláskógabyggð, Ísland

    September 19 in Iceland

    Day 4:

    Go ahead, try to pronounce this one... Okay, to be fair, the area is more commonly called the Golden Circle (not a translation). This was another day we spent side by side with tour buses filled to the brim with Chinese and American passports. We had quite the introduction to the extreme nature of the Icelandic environment too...

    Our first stop after leaving Reykjavik was Þingvellir, a national park and the site of the parliament of Iceland for over 850 years. This place is jaw droppingly beautiful and we could spend weeks writing out the history and significance and barely be scratching the surface. Using the widest of brushes, we'll try to paint a little history from the beginning...

    When earth was a little baby planet and the surface began to cool and solidify, this developing crust began to crack, forming what we know of as tectonic plates... kidding. Not really, but the brush was looking a little too fine on that path! Anyway, this park is situated right where two of those big plates come together. They bump, grind, slide, and crush each other, causing a myriad of physical phenomena, all the while being pressed apart by those same forces. In summary, we parked in North America and walked to Europe. It is super rare for one of these fissures to be over land, so it is a very unique experience. When the first parliament in the world was created in Iceland in the year 930, Þingvellir was chosen as the the location for the parliamentary sessions. This continued until a hiatus in 1800 until 1844, when they moved the sessions to Reykjavik. For literally centuries, citizens from all around Iceland would gather at Þingvellir for a sort of week long farmers market and trade fair and to be honest, that sounds awesome!

    History aside, Þingvellir is home to the largest lake in Iceland, littered with waterfalls, and has an adorable little church. Unfortunately, that is about all we saw of the park since the main road through it was closed for improvements. With the recent increase in tourism, the small country roads are having trouble handling the high traffic. That in conjunction with the merciless and ever changing landscape puts Iceland's roads in a near-constant state of construction.

    The next stop was Laugarvatn, a nice little lake with 3 geothermal springs along its edge. We had the awesome experience of watching (and tasting!) geothermally baked rye bread. Our tour guide/baker, brought us to the edge of the lake, where there were areas of intensely boiling water. He dug out a pot that had been buried the previous day and buried one for the following day and covered it in sand. The bread was sweet, hearty and baked so perfectly it's hard to believe it was just thrown in the ground for a day! There was a spa on the lake, as well, which has steam rooms directly above one of the springs. A completely natural sauna... so wild. Of course, saunas and pregnancy don't go well together, so we all skipped out on it this time around. But have no fear, there is a list forming for the next visit!

    Another short drive down the road, we made our way to the Geysir Geothermal Field. At this point, the infamous Icelandic wind was making itself known. The geothermal park is home to the Great Geysir, the root of the word geyser in English. This particular geyser, through earthquakes and some human influence (putting soap in it to make eruptions more dramatic), rarely erupts anymore. However, Strokkur, a few steps away, erupts every 6-10 minutes! It wasn't a massive eruption, but definitely fun to see. In the rest of the field were dozens of hot springs and a few ADORABLE little geysers. Little as in like 3 inches high... amazing.

    The last stop on the golden circle was Gullfoss, or Golden Falls. It's a really powerful waterfall, which made it a great prospect for hydroelectric energy, but considering that we visited a waterfall and not a power plant, there's a story behind that... as told by our Airbnb host later: Tómas Tómasson owned the land that the waterfall was on and offers came in from English investors, to which he said "I do not sell my friends", a polite middle finger. Later on, when his daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, was in charge of the land, she sold it to some financiers (we're not sure if the family was having money troubles or what). These financiers were frantically looking to develop the hydroelectric plant when Sigríður realized that she wanted to save the falls she grew up with. Now here is where legend and truth get blurred... she apparently would walk to Reykjavik to protest the plant being built and at some point threatened to jump off the waterfall. Legend has it that her dramatic exhibitions saved the falls, but it seems that her lawyer got the contract to build revoked and the land sold to Iceland, then became the first president of Iceland. They sing her praises, but it seems that Sveinn Bjornsson was the real saving grace for the waterfall!

    We're staying at a show horse breeding farm called Jaðar. It's downstream from the very river that forms Gullfoss. Right now, the river is in the transition from the summer white, milky, mineral-filled water from the glacier runoff, to the clear, green, oxygen-rich water from rain and snow of the winter. It's lovely having kind hosts who share about their homes or we would have no idea! On the property, there is also a 6,000 year old arch from an old lava flow. Simply amazing. Aside from that pesky wind, the location is perfect. Clear skies, vast farmland, massive river, horses, sheep, stars... idyllic.

    Next up... more geothermal action!
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  • Day11

    Gulfoss Waterfall ... full!

    February 16 in Iceland

    Having gorged ourselves on tomato soup, we headed towards the Gulfoss waterfall which we knew would be the best entry in 'Tony's Ultimate Photographic Guide to the Frozen Waterfalls of Iceland.' The photo you see is all we saw because it was the same as we found earlier ... only twenty times worse. The main car park was more than full containing coaches, minibuses and cars all fighting for car park spaces that were long ago used up. Some time in the Viking era we think. There were people everywhere getting mixed up with the cars and the coaches and minibuses and snow and ice. We could find nowhere to park and even tried another smaller car park we thought people may not realise was there. But they did, because that too was rammed full with queues to get in or out and cars parked along the road making access even worse. The whole place was a nightmare so once again we left having seen even less than this morning. We never even saw an drip.

    Is this what is going to happen to all those beautiful locations in Iceland? Worrying. But then maybe even we are part of the problem.
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  • Day7

    Gullfoss

    September 27 in Iceland

    Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height.

  • Day2

    Gullfoss kosk

    January 17 in Iceland

    Geisrist paarkümmend kilomeetrit eemal, mööda löökaugulust teed, oli kosk. Mingi hetk Kadri ehmatas, et nägi tee ääres korraks põhjatut kraatrit, aga seal seisma jääda ei saanud. Hetk hiljem olime juba kohal kose juures mis jooksis tegelt sinna samma kraatrisse.

    Kose juures oli ka kellegi kohaliku naise kuju, kes vanasti inimesi juhatas selle tollal raskesti ligipääsetava kose juurde.

    Eks vaadake ise pilte, aga see jääs kosk oli ikka võimas ja palju suurem kui ma piltide järgi arvasin.
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  • Day18

    Geysir und Gullfoss!

    June 14, 2017 in Iceland

    Ab geht die wilde Lutzi, äh weiter geht der Golden Circle:
    Mit den Geysir Geysir (Namensgeber aller Geysire, daher 2 mal) bzw. allen anderen Geysiren begannen wir nach einem sonnigen Frühstück den Tag.
    Wit bestaunten dort ein paar beeindruckende Fontänen sowie zurückschreckende (sogar rückwärts laufend und STÜRZENDE) Touristen. Dabei fiel uns auf, dass viele einfach mit dem Rücken zum Geysir standen und nach geglücktem Selfie wieder ihrer Wege gingen ohne ihn wirklich angeschaut zu haben! Leute gibt's 😲

    Naja, weiter im Text.
    10 km weiter östlich fielen uns die Kinnladen runter. Der "Goldene Wasserfall" ließ und ehrfürchtig erstarren vor Erstaunen! So imposant wie er ist stellt er die Niagarafälle oder andere Wasserfälle in den Schatten!
    Es bestätigte (leider) wieder, dass es dort wo die Touristen sind auch am schönsten ist!
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  • Day3

    Gulfoss

    February 6 in Iceland

    Der wohl bekannteste Wasserfall Islands dürfte der Gullfoss, der Goldene Wasserfall sein. Er liegt im Südwesten des Landes, in der Nähe der heißen Quellen und Geysire des Haukadalur. Über zwei gewaltige, fast im rechten Winkel aufeinanderstehende Kaskaden stürzt das Wasser des Gletscherflusses Hvítá in eine 2,5km lange und 70 m tiefe Schlucht. An warmen Sommertagen donnern pro Sekunde bis zu 1200m3 Wasser in die Tiefe. Die obere Stufe des Wasserfalls hat eine Höhe von 11m, die untere Stufe erreicht eine Höhe von 20m.Read more

  • Day3

    Unser nächstes Mietauto

    February 6 in Iceland

    Ja mit einem solchen MIetauto würden wir ohne Probleme immer einen Parkplatz finden, auch wenn dieser nicht gleich gepfadet ist. Hier in Island machen sie keine Schwarzräumung und man ist gut daran ein Auto zu fahren, welches Spikes montiert hat. Wir waren darum froh, dass auch unser Mietwagen mit Spikes ausgerüstet ist, trotzdem ist vorsichtiges Fahren angebracht. Aber das muss man unserem Fahrer Dominik nicht beibringen :-)Read more

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