The Golden "Semi Circle" - þingvellir
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September 22nd, 2007 – by: franciscosss
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
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