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Iceland Trek 2015
04th August 2015
Here we go at last. I have been really looking forward to visiting Iceland and part two of my Triple Challenge. We got up at 4am and here we are sitting on a plane at 6am – so exciting
When we arrived we caught the bus to our hotel. This was a lovely journey past the Blue Lagoon and Lava fields. Our Hotel was The Hotel Centrum in Reykjavik. Once we had checked in to the hotel we went down to the old harbour and went Whale watching. This was awesome and I got some great pictures of a Humpback Whale playing with White Beaked Dolphins.
05th August 2015
Today we picked up our hire car (Thank You Europe Car once again) and drove to Hveragerdi. Our walk today was the Golden Circle taking in Thingvellir and Skogarkot. We visited the famous Geysir which all the postcards show as a 20m huge jet of water. Sadly we only saw a great big muddy puddle . The highlight of today was the stunning waterfalls at Gullfoss. This was amazing and I wanted to stay forever. At the end of our day we returned to the car and had an unexpected adventure. Dad took a wrong turn and we found ourselves in an hour of “off road” driving trying to find our way back to a road. Scary at the time because I had not experienced off road driving before – but I love it now!!
06th August 2015
Today our destination was a place called Kirkjubaejarklaustur (yep... Kirkjubaejarklaustur ).
The walk today took us to Seljalandsfoss. This is an amazing huge waterfall where you can walk behind the water. You get as wet as in Lakeland but it was worth it. Next we walked to a cave which contains another fantastic waterfall. You go deep down in the cave and looking up you can see the sky with a waterfall coming down. I got some great pictures in the cave. Perhaps the prettiest of the Iceland waterfalls is Skogafoss. We climbed all the way to the top for even more spectacular views.
07th August 2015
Today we went to the Glacier at Skaftefell. The walk takes you high above the glacier so that you can take pictures looking down on the 1000 year old ice flow. We had a beautiful sunny day. After the walk the drive is one of the most spectacular in Iceland. You see multiple glaciers and rugged mountains. We spent the afternoon at the Jokulsarlon lagoon. What a spectacular place this is. Icebergs (some the size of houses) everywhere. The ice had broken off from the glacier after a 1000 year journey and I tasted that ice!! We spent some hours wandering among the ice and taking pictures of crystal blue ice with seals -
08th August 2015
From our hotel at Smyrlabjorg, we knew that we had driven and walked as far east as our adventure was going to allow. This meant quite a long drive back in a westerly direction. We explored the Eldraun lava field. This vast 565 square km area was the site of a volcanic eruption in 1783. The site is just SO huge. We picked a single piece of 232 year old lava as a souvenir.
09th August 2015
Today we did not walk as we had a huge drive and had to return the hire car. It was nice to just sit back and enjoy the scenery that we had passed through all week. Back in Reykjavik we were enjoying being tourists
10th August 2015
Today was our “free day” in Reykjavik and we decided that we loved the Whale watching so much on our first day that we wanted to do it again. This time we chose to go out to sea in a RIB speedboat. Sadly this turned out bad when my dad injured his back after we got bounced by a big wave. We only saw Dolphins and Puffins (no Whales). I did not enjoy today as my dad was in a lot of pain. We spent the afternoon in The Emergency Room at Reykjavik Hospital. X-
Thank You to everyone who supports my efforts and I look forward to “Part 3”.