Karen And Tara wanted to do a variety of events and to see the “best of Iceland” in three to four days’ time. They really wanted to try to see the Northern Lights if possible. They wanted to see the amazing scenery and adventures that they don’t get in Florida. They did not mind a little adventure too. This is what we did.
1st day – Golden Circle
Lots to see and do on this first day. Our first stop was Þingvellir, the Parliament fields. Beautiful clear water lake surrounded with volcanos and our oldest national park since 1930. This is the place where you can witness the continental drift and get to know a lot about our Viking heritage. The second stop was the geothermal park with the very famous Geysir, the father of all hot springs, with a nearby grandson blowing 40 feet up in the air every 5 to 10 min. The third stop was the nearby Golden waterfall. A magnificent glacier river with a 100-foot waterfall. And finally, at the end we checked out the second largest glacier Langjökull (1650m) where the two friends got a glimpse into the extreme driving abilities of the super jeep. With low air pressure in the tires (about 3-4 psi) the car floated on the snow and were able to go places that weren’t accessible for regular 4×4 cars. It was late afternoon when we got back to our countryside hotel.
2nd day – South Coast & Glacier Walk
Today we explored the beautiful south coast. On one side, the breathtaking steep mountainside carved out by the ocean during the ice age, and the most famous volcano/glaciers Katla and Eyjafjallajökull (from 2010 eruption). And on the other side was the wild North Atlantic Ocean with the black sand beaches. Time was the limiting factor today. Beside all the sights, Waterfalls, volcanos, black sand beaches, sea birds, ice caps and glaciers we did some fun activities today. The Glacier walk at Solhemajökull glacier was fun and something everyone should try while in Iceland. It was getting dark when we got back to our hotel. Shortly after dinner we were blessed by an amazing northern light display.
3rd day – Snow driving & Lava caving
Conditions for driving in snow were perfect today. We drove through a mountain pass of Kaldidalur, with its’ amazing scenery. This pass took us to the lava field of Hallmundarhraun where we explored one of Iceland’s biggest and most spectacular lava caves. After caving we visited the unusual waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and looked at one of the world’s largest hot springs. From there we headed back to the city and this dream unfortunately came to an end.