Untamed Iceland, Day 8, October 8, 2018

Today we awoke at 5:30 am to get ready for our flight back to Reykjavik. The view from the  window of the breakfast room was interesting.

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After breakfast we boarded a bus that took us to the airport. Our aircraft was a high wing turboprop with two seats on each side of the aisle.  The flight was smooth and 45 minutes later we landed at the downtown Reykjavik airport where we met our tour bus.

Our first stop was at the house where President Regan and Mr. Gorbachev had their summit in 1986.

Our next destination was Thingvellir National Park which is the site where the Eurasian and North American plates form a major rift. The rift creates a massive wall where the plates have slipped. It is where the worlds oldest Parliament was formed.

Next we visited the Geysir area where we had lunch. This is the Icelandic version of Yellowstone National Park in the US. Their biggest geyser is the Strokkur geyser which erupted three times while we were there. Size of eruption wise, Old Faithful puts it to shame. Unlike Yellowstone Park, people wander all over the area near the geysers, pools, and mud pots. Its a wonder someone isn’t killed.

We continued on to visit the site of the Gullfoss waterfall which has water flowing from three tiers into a crevasse which is over 100 feet deep.

Leaving the Gullfoss falls area, we drove to the town of Selfoss where we will spend the next two nights. We had an excellent buffet dinner there tonight.

Todays drama, I booked our return flight on the wrong date, one day early. That was an $854 mistake. I saved $500 booking our flights instead of having OAT do it, but in the end it cost us more than I saved!

Tomorrow we will explore South Iceland.

Babs Says:  Proven today-there is no place like Yellowstone for thermal features. Also, 30 degree temperatures, wind, and huge waterfalls generating lots of mist may cause nose icicles and frozen nostrils.

 

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