Southern Iceland & Golden Circle

Here’s a few extra photos of other things we got to see in Southern Iceland besides the glaciers.  No huge story on these, though they were cool to see!

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Kirkjugolf, called the church floor, though there is no evidence this was actually a floor of a church… rather just a natural phenomena of the basalt rocks breaching the surface.

 

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Reynisdrangur – These 2 photos above are of the black sand beach where the shipwreck was found.  The photo of the wave just turned out too cool and the color of the seaweed really popped on the black pebble sand.

 

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1973 US navy Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck is located 2 miles down a closed road.  Just like the ship, Icelanders tend to leave metal relics from wrecks on beaches?  In this case, the story is a bit ironic.. this plane crashed due to low fuel.  They later found out that the pilot switched to the wrong fuel tank, oops! :-/

 

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Hjörleifshöfði is a viking tomb of the 2nd person to ever settle in Iceland

 

Our last stop before heading back to Reykjavik was the Golden Circle.  Located just northeast of Reykjavik, it’s a popular place for tourists who have just a few day ‘stopover’.

Some of our favorite places in Golden Circle included:

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Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin) is a natural hot spring pool that was opened to the public in 2014.  It is much smaller and more natural than Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, but it gives it a much more personal feel to it 🙂

 

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Geysir is one of those things you kind of just have to see because it’s in every must see tourist book or guided tour of the Golden Circle.  Geysir disappears just as quickly as it appears, but it’s one of the only remaining active geothermal vents left in Iceland.

 

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Two of the coolest looking geothermal pools near Geysir that were only for observation, as they were close to 200 deg F.

 

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Fridheimar farm is a greenhouse and restaurant with a tomato soup bar.  It was pretty awesome.

They even had their own bees:IMG_3640

 

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The 2 photos along with the featured imagine were taken in an area called Gjain valley.  We stumbled upon this area unexpectedly off of a 4×4 only road while searching for another destination, and it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip!  We spent a solid 2 hours climbing around the roads and crossing rivers at this hidden gem!

 

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Lastly, there was Thingvellir National Park – above is a photo of where the Eurasia and North American techtonic plates meet!

 

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    1. We went with a standard. Since the country is pretty easy to get around and not very busy outside of Reykjavik, even if you are a little “out of tune” on driving a standard you should be just fine if you have experience with it.

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