Iceland – Highlights part 2

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

Driving in the south

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Driving in the south of Iceland is a slow process for a photographer. Not because the road is in bad condition but because there is everything from gigantic, intimidating volcanoes to moss covered lava fields to waterfalls in people’s backyards to glaciers that are like icey tongues almost licking the road. All in all, a magical experience.

The Golden Circle

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The Golden Circle is a day-trippers paradise but still worth a visit,especially if you go early to avoid the bus loads of tourists. The three main stops are Gullfoss (golden waterfall), Geysir and Strokkur and Pingvellir National Park (which we didn’t have time to visit). Gullfoss is a magnificient double waterfall that flows into a narrow ravine. We were lucky that the sun was shining and the sky was blue, which made for some nice light for our photos.

Geysir is the original hot water spout that all other geysers are named after. Unfortunately it became clogged and is not very active any more. Luckily, right next door is the much more reliable Strokkur that erupts every 5 – 10 minutes. It was mesmirising waiting for this powerful spray of water to shoot into the air anywhere from 5m – 20m high. With all of the geothermal energy in Iceland it really made us realise what a powerful energy source it is.

Eyrarbakki

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This tiny town o the south-west coast was pretty sleepy, albeit very cute with its colourful chocolate box houses, when we stopped there but I imagine it is really lovely and apparently buzzing in summer. What we did enjoy was lunch at Raudahusid. We had had a few people mention the great seafood in the south, in particular the langoustine, and fortunately they did not disappoint at Raudahusid. The desserts were also pretty awesome :).

The Blue Lagoon

Most people who go to Iceland visit The Blue Lagoon, since it is a short drive from Reykjavik, a natural geothermal bath, hence it is very much set up for tourists. We prefer the Myvatn baths just because they were less touristy (though that may be different in summer), however we still enjoyed The Blue Lagoon and did succumb to buying a couple of their products.


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