Back with another installment of our Iceland Adventure. See Part 1 here. I’ll cover days 3-4 (we were there for 10 days total so there will be many parts to this adventure.)
Back on the road again for days 3 and 4! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a little bit about the food in Iceland. It’s expensive, groceries are pricier than what we pay here in Minnesota and restaurants are quite expensive. We only ate out twice on our trip. However one thing that is awesome and budget friendly….gas station hot dogs! Seriously they are delicious and cheap. We ate so. many. We also stocked up on snacks for the road at gas stations and stumbled upon this gem
America = Ranch
First up for the day we decided to explore a Unesco World Heritage site Thingvellir National Park . Starting in 930 this area was were an assembly met, representing the whole of Iceland and set the rules of law and settled disputes. This is the “law rock” where they stood and announced the laws to the people.
There were also drowning pools where at least 18 women were drowned for such crimes as breaking vows of celibacy and the like. Not cool viking era Iceland.
Thingvellir is also where the Eurasian and North American Tectonic Plates are currently moving appart and you can see the results.
Walking on new ground there. It was pretty awesome to know that the ground I was walking on was actively moving apart. #geologynerd
The water was so blue, as it is glacial water. I’ve never seen non-ocean water so blue before.
After our history lesson we headed out to Langjokull glacier.
We were really excited for our trip to the Langjokull glacier. I’ve never seen anything like it, it was absolutely spectacular. You can take a tour inside the glacier if you’d like. We opted for hiking instead.
This is actually on the way down. The hubs caught me almost falling on the ice.
At the top though..
So incredible. You can barely tell where the glacier ends and the clouds start. In the distance is a group of sled dogs. Very cool to see them out and about.
While the glacier was absolutely amazing, I have to give the PSA that they are also very dangerous and should be approached with caution. As you can see in the last photo the hubs looks shorter than me. Except he is 6’4″ and I’m only 5’6″. That is because he is sunk in the snow. The danger with the glacier is that you never know if you’re just going to sink in the snow or fall into a crevasse. There are plenty of signs to remind you of it too, people have and do go missing. So please keep that in mind when you’re out there.
We made two more stops that are worth noting, but admittedly were not (in hindsight and my opinion) really worth stopping for. First up, Gulfoss waterfall
I say this because compared to Detifoss, Gulfoss just didn’t compare. If you had to pick one over the other, I highly recommend Detifoss. We’ll get to that eventually. If you notice the single wire rope behind us in that picture, that is literally the only thing “preventing” you from falling into the waterfall and to your death. It was incredibly slippery up there so it could very well happen. Be very careful when taking pictures and just walking around in general.
Last up for this portion of the recap: Litli Geysir
Kind of cool to see. But it stinks. Really really stinks. Like all the rotten eggs of the world in one place. I could only handle it for so long. Also heed the signs that say, “this water is really fucking hot and the nearest hospital is 35km away, don’t touch the goddamn water”. That’s just a paraphrase of what they say. But seriously keep your fingers out of the water.
Stay tuned for days 5 and 6!