Today we did the typical tourist thing and hit the big three attractions: Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss. However, we did it early enough to beat the tourists at the first stop. Not so much on the second ones.
First stop was Thingvellir, the site of the first democratic Althing. We walked along Amannagja canyon, otherwise known as the entrance to the Eyrie in Game of Thrones. We scuttled up to Oxararfoss ahead of the busses disgorging hordes of chattering German tourists. The wind was strong but that didn’t dismay us. Onwards!
We saw Geysir and Strokkur next, and we’re suitably impressed with the exploding waters. We had considered stopping for coffee in the gift shop, but the place was a zoo by the time we got there. The busses had caught up.
Next was Gullfoss. Now, I’ve never seen Niagara, and Jason says Niagara was bigger, but this was damn impressive. Note: there are two paths. The upper one is MUCH dryer. Both are spectacular. And European tourists like to hog the walkway.
Our last stop was Kerid Crater. I walked into a volcano! Long dormant, with brilliant blue water.
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