Travelling back from Vik to the golden circle area – so a quick visit to the cave we could not get to the previous night due to snow. Hjörleifshöfði is a 221 meter high headland made of tuff. For a long time after the last ice age it was an island but by the time of the settlement it was an isthmus on the side of a fjord. Now it lies more than two kilometers from the sea.
As we drive away from here we see Mýrdalsjökull is the fourth largest glacier in Iceland and covers an area of 590 km2. Under the four to seven hundred meter thick glacier lies the Katla Volcano.
As we head towards Hjalparfoss (“HYAL-par-foss”; meaning the “helping falls”) the scenery is stunning.
After a lovely snowy drive we head to Kerid in the golden circle area
Final area to visit is Pingvellir lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is at the northern end of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Parliament or Alþingi was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798.