I wanted to start off this year with some travel pics from our trip to Iceland, last year. We had an absolutely fantastic time, and I have held onto the pictures for long enough that it is time I shared them.
Reykjavik is the capital and the busiest part of the country. It’s a nice city with a couple of vegan restaurants we tried and lots of museums, but we didn’t want to spend too much time there, since most of the things we wanted to do were along the Ring Road.
This was our first campsite. We were luckily not in a tent and had our camper van, and the amenities were decent, with showers and a nice cooking and cleaning area.
We walked around the city the first day and explored. This is a Lutheran church called Hallgrimskirkja. Good luck pronouncing that.
Iceland is rated at the top on the LGBT happiness index, and they have a street symbolizing pride, which I thought was cool.
Exploring the Ring Road:
Thingvellir National Park:
This is actually the first geyser ever described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The word geyser comes from this geyser named Geysir!
I was amazed, because it erupts every several minutes. You can wait around for it to erupt as many times as you like. There is a crowd of people waiting, and you can sense the anticipation the more it starts bubbling.
This is the top of the hill above the geyser.
Haafel Goat Farm:
There is a goat farm in Iceland that saved Icelandic goats from extinction. The country was nearing the last goats when the farm was started and the owners began breeding the goats again.
I met the goat from Game of Thrones!! The same goat that got picked up by Khaleesi’s dragon!
Game of Thrones does a lot of filming in Iceland, and this was one of the places they used.
I don’t know if I can describe how ecstatic I am to meet goats!!
They were very sweet, and would headbutt you if you stopped petting them; I want to adopt some goats.
Continuing the Ring Road:
Our little camper van! We slept in the back of that! There’s just room enough for two people to stretch out.
Myvatn Nature Baths:
The water in Iceland smells a little like eggs, because it is geothermal, but it doesn’t smell bad and is fine once you get used to it.
There are several hot springs you can swim in, and we stopped along our way at Myvatn to take a soak.
It was extremely relaxing, like the water was giving you a warm hug and massage at the same time.
Sheep are everywhere! We had to drive carefully, because of the sheep that were sometimes in the road. There are actually over twice as many sheep as people in Iceland.
This was my favorite waterfall in Iceland. It was unlike any waterfall I’d ever scene! It is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
It was also used during the opening scene of Prometheus, which is one reason it was one of the top waterfalls on our list to see.
Camping and exploring:
We did some more hiking around after that. These mounds were built as some sort of art exhibit in the outskirts of a small town we stopped in.
We stopped at a museum where a man sold things he found and collected, like shells and skulls, and there was a dog that played fetch with an old deflated soccer ball with the visitors.
The beaches were filled with black rocks. There is a large portion of Iceland that is volcanic, so the terrain ranges from green and verdant to vast, volcanic fields.
You can walk right up to the glacier at Vatnajokull Glacier. It is slowly melting each year; we saw a huge chunk break off and float away right in front of us.
There are also large chunks of ice that float onto the beach.
I have an obsession with the sheep. They looked so adorable.
Greg asked the lady who worked at the goat farm what the deal with all the sheep wandering around was, and she told us that in the summer, all the farmers let their sheep wander, and in the winter they collect them.
I wanted a picture with the sheep, but I kept telling Greg not to get too close, because the sheep were between us and a cliff, and the last thing I wanted was to scare a bunch of sheep off a cliff.
There are countless waterfalls in Iceland. Almost anywhere you turn, you can see a waterfall tumbling down the mountains. We stopped at several of the biggest ones, like Dettifoss above, but there were so many. This one is called Skogafoss: