🙁 today we say goodbye to one of our group, dropping them at the docks and airport. One couple are going horse riding whilst everyone else is sightseeing.
Before anyone leaves we visit Pingvellir where the tectonic plates are moving apart and where the first parliament was formed.
Our over night stop had a little bit of earth movement last night.
Some in our group felt the earth move last night exciting
Making our way south to the golden circle, boiling some eggs in the geothermal pools, having some fun with a smooth shallow water crossing and some more stunning scenery.
Late start from Akureyri to allow everyone time to look around, then we call at the christmas shop, before heading up the valley to Laugarfell, then on to Hveravellir in the interior.
Waterfalls & Whale watching
so so warm, we have had to get out of the tent early every day as the sun is so warm.
so many whales in a group very unusual very close always go to Akureyri for whale watching
Dettifoss / selfoss / namaskard / grjotagja / volcanic craters
Can you spot Lynda and Teresa
Travelling from Kverkfjoll via the glacial river to Askja before heading to Myvatn.
can you spot Andrew in the picture below?
Pick up 3 couples from the ferry then we head into the interior after shopping.
Kverkfjoll is our destination via lava fields and glacial rivers.
Wet and windy start to the day cannot see where the glaciers were yesterday but looks clearer to the East.
Heading East to Egilsstadir to meet the ferry where we will pick up 3 vehicles, this does not mean that there is nothing to see.
Waterfalls and mountain passes
Glacier day but the weather forecast is not good heavy rain and winds, fingers crossed we can just stay ahead of the weather.
Visibility was good not brilliant but enough for skaftafell and svinafell from the batman begins film, but the cloud was lower for jokulsarlon.
we saw a reindeer on the way to Hofn
18:20 the rains came down at least we had managed to be ahead of them all day.
Lovely start to the day – today is Laki & Lakagigar day.
Wonderful weather all day.
The system erupted violently over an eight-month period between June 1783 and February 1784 from the Laki fissure and the adjoining volcano Grímsvötn, pouring out an estimated 42 billion tons 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi) of basal lava and clouds of poisonous hydrofluric acid and sulfur dioxide compounds that contaminated the soil, leading to the death of over 50% of Iceland’s livestock population, and the destruction of the vast majority of all crops. This led to a famine which then killed approximately 25% of the island’s human population. The lava flows also destroyed 20 villages.
Lunch with a view
Lakagigar – laki craters
interesting drive around
beautiful blue crater