On Monday 10 December we took our second tout in Iceland. The weather was grey and overcast and it had snowed lightly overnight. We visited Geysir area of hot springs and presumably the origin of the generic term geyser. The main Geysir erupted roughly every 7 minutes or so but not with the consistency of Yellowstone's Old Faithful. Sometimes the eruption would be high and sometimes dis appointingly low. The turquoise really was visible as the eruptions bubble started.
A high eruption
An old geyser pool that no longer erupts
One of the lower eruptions
The next stop was the waterfall Gullfoss, an amazing double layered waterfall where the noise was deafening, increased by the fact there was also a howling gale.
How many frozen vikings can you see in this picture.
The last visit of the day was to the area where the American and European tectonic plates can be seen in action.
— Cheers, Bob My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobs_retired_now/
It looks an amazing place Bob, thanks for sharing your holiday .
What wonderful sights, and sites! You clearly had a super time.Thank you for letting us share your experiences.
It was my intention to visit Iceland many years ago to do some "Rough Stuff" cycling as a guy I had met ran a walkers/cyclists hostel but unfortunately work commitments got in the way then family took over.
Certainly looks very scenic Bob, all that water and snow makes you feel cold cold, looking at the photos. Must have been quite spectacular being there.
Chris,my wife and my recently widowed sister visited Iceland for a few days last year while on a cruise taking in Norway Faroe and Iceland and were very impressed with Iceland. I did not go as the travel insurance was a lot more expensive that the price of the cruise due to my health problems.
Very interesting and scenic pics Bob, fantastic waterfall views, looks freezing but is majestic. Thanks for posting, going to look at your previous post now.
Plenty to see, there. I imagined the days would be quite short … but you seem to have fit quite a bit in, regardless.
Very nice, Bob. Looks to be a very interesting place.
TeeJay said:It looks a bit on the nippy side. Looking forward to seeing where else you visited
Thanks TJ, there are still more pics to come. Actually it rarely got below freezing while we were there - apparently it was a bit unseasonally warm and wet the week we were there, apart from our first night though the winds on this day were terrific. There was one area around the falls no one visited because of the wind and the drive dust and the drop . The week before we got there had been what we really wanted - cold but bright and brisk for the few hours of daylight. All in all though we saw the lights, which we know many people have been unable to see on several visits so we consider ourselves lucky. We may go back one late spring /early summer and hire a car and revisit these places and others.
Ah, that brings back some good memories, Bob. I've been to Iceland twice in the last 8 years although it was for birding on both occasions and in the summer. Nevertheless we visited all the same spots. The whole country has a stark beauty and the weather can be a challenge even in the summer. It looks a bit on the nippy side. Looking forward to seeing where else you visited.
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