He knows no fear!

My trip to Iceland 2012 – part 2

Today I was going to see the countryside on what is known as the Golden Circle Classic Tour.

The tour includes a visit to Thingvellir National Park – the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world.  Then was going to see the Gullfoss, Iceland’s famous waterfall and finally to the Geysir area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.

My first stop of the tour was to see Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir). This is the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mountains in the distance still had snow on.

The park is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The park marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the where the continential plates of America and Europe meet.

The valley formed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Lava is seen here that had set into the landscape.

Lava thousands of years old is seen all around Iceland.

I was enjoying the day out.

The views were amazing.

Next I went to Gulloss the waterfall.

The water spray turned to ice on the far side of the waterfall.

Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

I stayed behind the safety fence.

After the waterfall I was off to the Geysir area. Due to the high rate of volcanic activity in Iceland, it is home to some of the greatest geysers in the world.

Geysers and hot springs that erupts into jets of hot water and steam.

The water is said to be 80 degrees.

The Great Geysir which first erupted in the 14th century, gave rise to the word geyser but this geyser rarely erupts these days.

The nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every 5 to 8 minutes to a height of some 30 metres.

The water erupts up to thirty metres in height.

The eruptions are every 5 to 8 minutes.

The water spurts out every 5 to 8 minutes and to a height of thirty metres.

After seeing the geysers, I went to see the inactive Kerið volcano crater.

This volcano is inactive.

This volcano has not errupted for 3000 years.

I was hoping this volcano did not erupt soon!

After seeing the volcano, I went to the church at Skálholt.

This church is popular with tourists.

The church at Skálholt is relatively large in comparison to most Icelandic churches.

The light reflected off the walls.

The light from the stained glass windows gave a spooky feel.

I headed back to Reykjavík to check out the Icelandic girls in the nightclubs.

To be continued….

For more information about Iceland please visit:

www.visiticeland.com

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