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Today we left at 8.30 as Jon wanted to take us to a nice church and it opened at 9.00h. I don´t fancy churches that much but this one was special. It was rather new and had an altarpiece that was exceptionell. It was located in Skálholt. The Church at Skálholt
After being in church we left for Gullfoss. But..before we got to Gullfoss we made a stop at, yet, another waterfall. I did not get the name but it was probably the same river. Hvítá River. Iceland is not very high but it has a huge amount of waterfalls. Probably because of the glaciers.
Gullfoss (translated as "Golden Falls") may be Iceland's most popular waterfall. It is one of the musts on your trip here. It is a lot to see as the fall twists and turns creating interesting shapes and forms. Much to capture. At least for a photographer :)
This is a part of the "Golden Triangle" and next leg in the triangle is the Geysir area. The old Geysir which named the area is now asleep. The new one erupting is Strokkur, it´s erupting about every 4–8 minutes 15 – 20 m high, sometimes up to 40 m high.
This stop was combined with lunch but as usual I was to busy to eat. Going home tomorrow so, who cares? :)
Now we drow to the large sweetwater lake where the rigft valley is clearly visible.
"It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland."
It was raining but we got out for a moment anyway. There was some people in a car beside us taht brought out diving gear so I guess the laek was good for diving as well.
Last stop in the triangle is Thingvellir Nat park. "Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland." Read more follow the link: Þingvellir!
And now, acc to our guide, it was already late and we needed to go to Reykjavik. As he put it, we wanted to go shopping. Truth is, he wanted to go home. We made one stop in Reykjavik. At The Perlan on Oskjuhlid hill. It is kind of fun, they have an indoors geiser imitating the Stokkur. And then at 14.00h he left us at the hotel to spend the rest of the day individually. Being instructed that the bus for the airport will pick us up at 04.15h.
I put my stuff in the room and went out to buy something to eat and to go to the pond with the birds. And, when it came to birds it was my lucky day. An Eider family with two ducklings was swimming there.
Geysir and Strokkur
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