And on day #3……what we have been waiting for all along.
To pick up our vehicle that will take us around the island and be our home for the next 6 nights.
After picking up our camper van, we bought some groceries at the nearest grocery store. This one is the least expensive. BONUS.
To get around Iceland, you basically follow one road. The Ring Road. Use this road as your foundation and take your little trips onto the side roads as you are led. Here is where we went on our first day.
Our day goal was to get around the Golden Circle before heading Southeast to Vik.
And that leads us to our first stop…..to pet some Icelandic horses. .
Aren’t they beautiful? As soon as we got out of the van, they all came right up to the fence.
The fence was electric, hence my stretching over.
After a couple days of travel, we realized that these horses are everywhere. When I finally saw a small field of cows, I was like, “LOOK! Cows.” Beef is not their number one meat choice.
Next stop on our Golden Circle Tour was Kerid Crater. There is an entrance fee to walk this crater but it was nominal, maybe $3 a person?
It was at this point, I think I realized we missed a crucial turn and getting to visit Pingvellir National Park – but it was as it was…..and there is just so much to see.
Mike’s clients from Iceland Seafood had told us about our next stop. They couldn’t tell us exactly where it was, just that it was hidden amongst some trees, and that if we saw it, we needed to stop.
How Mike saw it on the drive, I don’t know. But he did. Fridheima is a green house that specializes in growing tomatoes with geothermal heat.
To get into the greenhouse and have lunch, one must have reservations. BUT, they were nice and accommodated us.
For about $25.00 a person, you can have all you can eat, tomato basil soup and their home baked breads. (the olive loaf was the bomb!!)
The greenhouse also employs thousands of imported bumble bees for the pollination process. They fly around freely as you are eating and do not bother because they are busy working.
With full bellies and happy hearts…..our next stop was to:
The great geyser Strokker.
Strokker erupting or as much as I could catch with one hand and freezing temps.
I will say that the Golden Circle is full of tourist and tour buses. Not my favorite but ya gotta say you did it, right?
This waterfall…..literally takes your breath away. Just the sheer amount of water and the force by which it is flowing is beyond amazing. It is stronger than Niagara falls.
And a Gullfoss video:
We were still at this point trying NOT to take naps in the middle of the day, but we were both exhausted by mid afternoon. So we stopped at the side of the road in a secluded area and took a nap.
In Iceland it doesn’t matter where you camp. Just be respectful.
After about a two hour siesta, we hit the road again.
Thankful that it really doesn’t get dark there this time of year until about 10:30pm. Sunrises at 4am, so we get lots of daylight.
Everywhere you go in Iceland there is water. I was so taken by the sheer amount of water on the island.
The last thing we did, was head to a hot spring called Gamia Lagin or the Secret Lagoon in the small village of Fludir.
While most people opt for the touristy Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, we tend not to like the crowds so we found this one. We shared the entire pool with only 6 others.
In order to use any of the public hot springs in Iceland, you have to shower before you get in to your swim suit. BUTT NAKED. So if you have a problem being naked in front of others….better not visit the hot springs.
These pics were taken at 10pm. It was freezing cold but the water was HOT and after a day of being all bundled up, it was just what we needed. It was a magical place. You could swim right to the vents where the boiling water was being dispersed out of the rock.
We floated and swam around for a good two hours until we were nice and wrinkly.
Showered, dried off and hit the road to find a place to camp.
It was probably about 11:30pm when we found a remote place to spend the night. I wanted to be near water, so that I could filter our drinking water for the next day.
We got near water….we couldn’t see much, so we didn’t exactly know where we were……but when we woke up the next morning.
WOW! Hella, Iceland.
Until day 4,