In Iceland: 6 New Things

I have mentioned before that there were certain things that I missed out on the last two times I was in Iceland so I had to go back and do them. These are the 6 things I found on my final trip to Iceland this year.

KeriðPhoebeGill1509181259

Along the Golden Circle route along road 52, there is this amazing attraction. Now if you go on a bus tour it’s likely they will drive by this but I needed to go see it, you see I don’t like when my list isn’t complete! So when I had the opportunity to drive to this place myself I jumped at the chance. PhoebeGill1509181359There is a small car park at the crater and you have to pay to see it. It’s $3, €2 or 300 kr. So really cheap! I think it is well worth it to maintain this amazing site. You get an information leaflet when you pay so I wont spoil all of the wonderful information it gives you.

Öxarárfoss in ÞingvellirPhoebeGill1509181307

I had constantly seen pictures of the waterfall in Þingvellir and because I only had a half an hour when I was on the bus tours I couldn’t wander off and explore this are properly. So again when I had the chance I spent hours wandering around Þingvellir and I am so glad I did. The waterfall is beautiful and peaceful. It’s really amazing.

Walking Between Two ContinentsPhoebeGill1509181230

Again because there was no time to explore Þingvellir when I went on the tours I decided to do something that I had wanted to do for a long long time. I decided to ignore everything else and go for a walk. I passed by all the crowds and walked through a fissure in the earth. No one else was walking this path, it’s not a new path many people have done this walk but it felt like I was the only one who knew about it. Thousands of people were in this area during my time at Þingvellir but I didn’t see one other person on my walk. It was wonderful, peaceful and beautiful.

Standing Behind SelandjafossPhoebeGill150917033

South Iceland is an amazing part of Iceland, there are lots of people on this route so people free shots may be difficult but sometimes that doesn’t matter. Sometimes taking pictures isn’t important, sometimes you just need to be in the moment. Thats how I felt when I was sitting on the moss covered wall behind Selandjafoss. I didn’t bring my big camera, I only had my phone, I didn’t care if I got an amazing shot or the best angle. Standing behind that waterfall is amazing, everyone else thought it was amazing, everyone was polite and smiling and letting people take pictures. For a few minutes everyone was in agreement, standing behind a waterfall was humbling and wonderful.

Found A Hidden FossPhoebeGill150917023

Very close to Selandjafoss there is a hidden waterfall, except it’s not really that hidden, there is a campsite in front of it and its got tourists coming to it all the time. It’s not a secret to tourists or the Icelandic people but it’s as if the earth wants to keep it a secret. You are definitely going to need your waterproofs if you want to see it but it is a lot of fun going into the rock to see this hidden gem. Although I could get a good picture of this with my GoPro it was still beautiful to see.

Going Down The Road Less TravelledPhoebeGill1509161072

I was trying to find a somewhere, that I will have to go back to because I didn’t have a 4×4 car, but as I was driving around I went down a road and found this beautiful waterfall. All I could imagine was camping here and paddling in the water. (Except I would probably get frost bite, I mean Iceland may look like a Hawaiian setting but it doesn’t have the weather) What I loved is that I didn’t see this waterfall in a guide book, I didn’t hear about it on the internet, I don’t even know where it is. So my beans, find it, come upon it naturally and enjoy it.

There is so much more to see in Iceland and I am very happy I get to see more coasts, more roads, more attractions and more hidden gems. Iceland is always somewhere you can go back to. I love it there. Knowing me, I will be back sometime soon but for now I am very happy.

Happy Travels!

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In Iceland: The Golden Circle in Summer

While in Reykjavik I decided I want to go on the Golden Circle tour again. I already went on this tour in January but I didn’t want to go to the church or the geothermal plant. I found that the last two were just unnecessary. I went into the Grey Line sales offices located at Hafnarstræti and asked if there were any tours that just offer the main attractions of the Golden Circle. This tour only goes to the main three locations and lasts about 5 and a half hours. First stop…

Þingvellir National Park

PhoebeGill150814218I once again feel like I didn’t spend enough time here. We only got half an hour and it’s just not enough time! It’s not all doom and gloom though. I loved seeing Þingvellir in colour. Seeing a vast open landscape covered in snow is beautiful but there was no definition in the vista making it hard to really get a sense of it.  PhoebeGill150814261I loved seeing the definition in the rocks and the fissures. I will one day walk through and find that waterfall that I keep seeing images of but for now I am happy I got to see this amazing National Park in all it’s green glory. PhoebeGill150814574

Strokkur

PhoebeGill150818001I could stand at this location for days. I find this natural wonder fantastic. I don’t think it matters if this location is covered in snow or none at all, it is just amazing. What I did find is that you could get more definition in your photographs because the background isn’t blending with the sky. Regardless of season it is a wonderful location! PhoebeGill150814675

Gullfoss

PhoebeGill150814162Last time I was at Gullfoss was just incredible I didn’t really think it could get any better but oh wait it’s Iceland, it can always get better! The water in January was colder and frozen. The only way I can describe how I saw it in January was that it was elegant and composed because of this. This time it was roaring.PhoebeGill150814378In January the walk down to the look out was closed so I was very very happy to go down and look down the crevice. Since the water was in full force, the spray coming off the waterfall was just epic. It is such a beautiful area and is amazing in any weather but seeing it’s power up close is just incredible!
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The Drive

PhoebeGill150814529Driving this in January it was amazing but very difficult to see any definition in the landscape. The sky and the earth blended together but it was still beautiful. I didn’t even think that the surrounding area when I chose to do this tour again but it is just amazing! These mountains are so so beautiful! There is gorgeous scenery along this entire drive. PhoebeGill150814615It costs €57 and because it was a late afternoon tour we were on a small bus and we had the whole back row to ourselves. We also got brought to our apartment when the tour was over.  This tour doesn’t feel like five hours long because there is so much to see and your tour guide is talking the entire time. We got to spend 30 minutes in Þingvellir, 30 minutes at Strokkur and an hour at Gullfoss. Not a lot of time but I definitely think it is worth it. It’s really informative and such an amazing route. I am so happy that I got to do the Golden Circle again.

Happy Travels!

In Iceland: Þingvellir National Park

This is the first stop of the Golden Circle. They way you pronounce Þingvellir is Thingvellir. I only did the main tourist walk bit I didn’t actually go down into the park. I was on a tour and I didn’t have any time to go off and explore for myself. Looking out at the viewing points the landscape is so beautiful!

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Þingvellir literally means ‘Assembly Plains’ it is where decisions were made and events were held. It is a very important place in Icelandic history. PhoebeGill150110232 Not only that but it is an amazing natural wonder. The area is a fissure area, which means that there is a huge crack in the earth because Iceland is on top of two tectonic plates that broke apart. Sites like these make me wish I paid more attention in geography!

In winter it is beautiful, everything is covered in snow and it makes the park look endless! I want to go back because I have no idea what it would look like without it and that is something I need to know.

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This park is free entry, although the toilets will cost you 200 isk (€1.30) because it is a national park and they have to remove the waste.

It is definitely worth it to go, the area is beautiful, the history and geography is fascinating and you can also go diving in this area too. I can’t wait to go back!

Happy Travels!