ICELAND - Day 4
We loved our accommodation last night – it was amazing, and the sunset was out of this world! Waking up this morning, I made banana pancakes for breaky which meant I must have slept great to put in such effort and then we packed our stuff and got on the road heading towards Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park.
Thingvellir was accepted on the World Heritage list for its cultural values and on top of being incredibly beautiful – this region is in between 2 tectonic plates – both the Eurasian and North Atlantic plate…SO effectively while standing there you are in between 2 continents which I found awesome and was the main reason I wanted to visit this place!
Some history for you -In the last few decades, research has made it clear that Þingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale, with the geologic history and the bio-system of Lake Þingvallavatn forming a unique entity, a magnificent showcase some may say- even Angela Merkel made a visit there yesterday (thank god we missed it, would have been packed)
We stopped to visit Silfra - one of the best spots for diving in Iceland due to the fact it has astounding visibility in the clear, cold ground water and the magnificent surroundings. There was not a hope in hell I was going to snorkel or dive but the site itself is lovely and the visibility is apparently 100m deep so would be amazing (if it was less cold)
Next stop was Öxarárfoss, yes you guessed it – another waterfall. This time however, filled with people all lining up to take pictures. Man, we hate that piss as people get anxious and then no one ends up doing anything, so when a small window opened, Leo hopped up onto the rocks and we snapped some EPIC shots. About 20 seconds later about 8 people including 1 very angry woman started screaming that they didn’t want him in their picture. God, some people are dicks! We left shortly after that, and after me telling her to calm down as she was acting like a child. She threatened to call the police which was laughable as I am not quite sure how we would be arrested for ‘being in other people’s photographs’ …aaaaaanyway, on to the next site.
The next site was the one I was most looking forward to – the crevice in between the plates! So bloody busy…I wouldn’t even recommend going to be honest. Trying to get a photo there now that they have commercialized it with nice walkways and railings, takes the magic out of any natural photo as it looks man-made to serve the masses of tourists. We then decided to get on the road and about 5 minutes away on the way to Reykjavik, we stumbled across an area perfect for pics and no tourists – exactly what I was looking for. Nature untouched! *Travel tip* This small area here is better than the whole walk we did today so skip the tourists and come here.
1 hour later we were in the Capital of Iceland Reykjavik, which is actually the most Northern Capital in the world! It’s more of a large town but we managed to kill a few hours wandering around and even treated ourselves to a cake, beer and coffee…FOR $32NZD!! Christ, I’m glad to be leaving tomorrow, we just cannot afford it here! Overall, it has been a wonderful 4 days. We have jam-packed it full of adventure and really got a good taste of Iceland.
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!