|Denise and David in Europe
Iceland - Reykjavik, Gullfoss
updated 5 October 2016
Monday 3 October - Reykjavik
As fate would have it we received
a message to advise our flight to Iceland would be 1
hour later. It had its good side of
course. We were able to update the website so
all our loyal viewers would not miss out. The
flight technically ended up leaving two hours later
because we sat in the plane for about 1/2 hour and
then the rest was the taxi out to the run way!
Thus we lost a significant portion of our afternoon
where we were going to luxuriate in the Blue Lagoon,
now re-sheduled to the other end of our Iceland
The first sighting of Iceland's
coastline! Yayyyyyyy. Pretty sparse down
there.... not too much in the way of neighbourhood
The first thing that hit us as we
stepped out of the plane on to the steps was the
windchill factor -3 degrees at least and
blowing 100 km/hr. The wind was so strong it
was coming up under the wings and literally rocking
the plane from side to side on the
tarmac. Bracing ..... refreshing.....
and certainly quite a contrast from the humid London
where every venue was hot and stuffy.
It took forever to get to the car
rental office by shuttle in the wind. Then to
get a car without a cracked windscreen.
Eventually we were all fixed up and ready to drive
on the wrong side of the road. The car is a left
hand drive manual. Now that felt weird.
Gears on with the right hand - and the pedals seemed
just a little too far to the right somehow.
But we'll get used to it.
Driving the road from the airport
to Reykjavik. 45 kilometers of
nothingness. This is great. We
feel like we are on another planet! Volcanoes to the
left of us, coastline to the right and some
buildings sparsely dotting the moon like landscape.
The 50 kms from the airport to
Reykjavik was effortless on this beautiful
road. Iceland's top speed limit is 90kms
Our first volcano - a few more
where that came from.
Our final approach to Reykjavik -
civilisation and trees even.
And David goes immediately to
sleep! Great room ... not so great a view but
if the night sky is clear tonight we could be
sleeping with the curtains open to watch the
Northern Lights. They say they have been
happening all week. Sadly it is cloudy at
present and we are not too confident that we will
see them tonight. Alarm is set for
pre-dawn. See if we catch them in the morning.
David is cosy-ing down already....
Tuesday 4 October - Reykjavik
We start our day with a big
walk. Headed down to the foreshore
Look at that view ... not
bad. It was rainy, windy and cold but it soon
fined up by the time we reached the half way
mark. Our aim was to get to the old harbour
pictured way in the background. And we did it
... and more.
Pictured below a very interesting
Looking back on part of Reykjavik
- the sun is pushing through the clouds....
Harpa Concert Hall - quite a
stunning looking building inside and out.
Just on the other side of the
Harpa Concert Hall was the historic part of the
port. Below the map identifies all the
shipwrecks from 1870 to 2015. There was lots of
boards set up showing the chronological order of the
ship wrecks and history boards of those who were
lost and those that survived.
A short stroll from the historic
harbour was downtown Reykjavik. An assortment
of stores in a village like setting. Gotta love the
And pictured below the oldest
settlement in Reykjavik.
We had been walking for some hours
now with only a 45 minute stop at Volcano House
where we saw a film about Iceland's volcanic history
up to its more recent eruptions.
How's this for a cathedral? Its
Very futuristic looking. There is a
lift that goes to the clock level (8 stories up)
then two flights of stairs where you can look out of
those windows at the top. They arn't actually
windows they are bared and the wind howls through
them. It was icy up there but the views were
worth it. The building houses the most
impressive pipe organ we have ever seen.
The pipe organ. This
picture doesn't do it justice it was truly
spectacular to stand in front of.
Pictured below the views from the
top of Hallgrimskirkja.
Can never get board with these
One more view .... couldn't
resist. :-) our hotel is left of the
yellow cranes in the back ground.
On the way back to the hotel this
was a gem.... A turf house.
Pictured below was our final stop for the day. It is called the 'Pearl' or better known as Perlan. Some lovely views from the look out here as well.
Thus ends our stay in Reykjavik as
we move onto our next destination - Gullfoss.
Wednesday 5 October - Reykjavik to Gullfoss
Leaving Reykjavik in search of
geysers and waterfalls.
On the road again. Love the
Pictured above - Pingvellir.
Pronounced - Thingvetleer - The Atlantic ridge cuts
Iceland into two parts drift away from each other at
the rate of 2 cm a year.
Views in the area follow....
The ridge tearing apart...
Below - Note the
interesting geology in the background.
Views from the rift.
Below - The ridge - The stunning
forces of nature at work all the time in Iceland.
Not very far is the 'Geysir' near
Gullfoss. The Geysir erupts every 7 to 8
minutes. There are sometimes smaller eruptions
in between. Quite a site.
Followed by the sulfur emitted....
Just before the 'Geysir' erupts
there water is sucked down then pow....... up she
Look out - death only a few feet
away for those silly enough to cross the roped off
Snow capped mountains in the
distance from 'Geysir'.
Pictured below views of the valley
below from 'Geysir'.
Our hotel. Humble
looking from the outside but nicely appointed on the
The view from our room (below).
Not too shabby :-)
Tonight in the distance there is
something glowing in the distance - unfortunately it
is not the Northern lights. Probably only the
lights of Selfoss behind the mountain range.
It's cloudy again and if we are to see the Northern
lights it needs to be clear and cold and between
midnight and 4am. Perhaps we will have more
luck as we venture further north.
Pictured above the famous Gullfoss
waterfall. The biggest waterfall in Europe.
It was quite mesmorising. The view spectacular from
Selfie time at the top of the
A short and relaxing fun day has
been had by all.