The Golden "Semi Circle" - þingvellir

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Gravel road towards Geysir/Gullfoss. I passed it and returned without reaching my destination :(
  • The Road to Geysir/Gullfoss: So I left Hotel Vik since they didn't let me in, and started my journey to the Golden Circle, which is basically 3 attractions close to Reykjavik: Geysir, Gullfoss and þingvellir (Thingvellir). I found the "big road", Miklabraut and drove towards Mosfellsbaer to get on Road #1 (aka the Ring Road) which is the one that circles the island. Once I got out of Reykjavik, huge black mountains and volcanic rock fields covered with moss and bushes... it was totally surreal! The wind kept pushing the car to the side, and with the one-lane, 2-way road with no median and no shoulder, it was quite an experience.
    Black volcanic rocks with thick moss, all around you, it's like another planet!
    A frightening experience may I add. The road to Geysir/Gullfoss was unpaved: gravel and sand all the way. And when I finally got on a paved road, there were no signs for Geysir/Gullfoss so I thought I went the wrong way and idiotic me, went back through the rough road towards Road #1.

 

  • þingvellir: Since I missed the "good" weather and clouds/rain were starting to approach, I decided to try Geysir/Gullfoss another day. On my way back to Reykjavik, I passed by þingvellir and parked the car to take a nap. I was still shocked by the strength of the wind shaking the car and all. After I woke up from the nap I decided to walk and take pictures. I went to the Almannagjá rift wall, it was beautiful and knowing that the plates are actively moving and widening the gaps made it more impressive.
    þingvellir - Almannagjá rift wall.
    I walked, and walked, and then moved to Oxararfoss, a small waterfall flowing down the rift wall. I liked the sky-blue water contrasting with the black rocks.

 

  • Back to Reykjavik: I went back to the Hotel Vik and my room was pretty nice! The bathroom was brand new, very clean and modern. The room was very Ikea, simple and clean. I took a short break and decided to go the city center. Of course, I was not gonna spend a fortune for dinner or a drink, so I ate my pathetic tuna and headed out. I just wanted to see how cool Reykjavik's nightlife was, so I went and parked behind the Radisson SAS Hotel and walked on Laugavegur street, the coolest shopping/dining street. It was really nice, a small European street with lots of cafes, bars, restaurants.
    The Oxararfoss waterfall.
    But again, the wind... :) It will keep coming. Seriously, wind, rain and overpriced food/drinks, and still, the streets were full of people. So I read about the Kaffi Reykjavik's Ice Bar and wanted to try. It was supposed to be all made of ice and seemed interesting. I think it was 2100 ISK to enter with one tiny Bacardi drink included. They give you some foolish looking coats to cover yourself. It was disappointing, very small and only 2 "ice chairs". A waste of money. Fortunately, it was just me and the waiter and he gave me another drink for free ;) After that I stopped by a convenience store called 10/11 which opens 24 hours. I was attracted to the liquorice with the Icelandic flag. It looked like something Icelanders like and eat a lot of, so I bought a bag of that and some extremely salty potato chips that tasted more like fish... Maybe it was fish? Again, my Islenska sucks.

 

  • Back to the Hotel: finally, after a long day of driving to Baltimore, flying to Iceland, driving on gravel and walking against wind/rain, I went back to the hotel and watched some Icelandic TV laying on bed until I fell asleep...
franciscosss says:
Finally! Someone else complains about the wind! ;) Yeap, it was hard to drive, I could see more veins on my forearms after driving the whole day. Seriously.
Posted on: Oct 12, 2007
Jelly says:
UGH! We were in Iceland the same time!! We didn't make it in the Ice bar because no one was in there either when we went.
Driving with the wind was so difficult. I think my arms are stronger from resisting being pushed off the road! lol
Angel
Posted on: Oct 11, 2007
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