Yesterday was spent in Reykjavik so, today, I’ll head out into the countryside. There is a whole lot of beautiful nothing out here punctuated by occasional glaciers and geysers.
This is a new land. The result of volcanic activity in relatively recent times means there is very thin soil, not a lot of trees but lots of rocks. It is said that if you spend the night in the lava flows, the trolls will come out to get you. I saw them in Reykjavik and I think Rick has been converted.
Glaciers feed rivers that create some waterfalls of gigantic proportions. This one is Gullfoss, It is actually two waterfalls one on top of the other and set at about 90 degrees.
A little too tall, too loud, and too deep for me. This is more my size but is still impressive.
Because this place is so new, there is a lot of volcanic activity around. You can take a walk and notice that the ground seems to be smoking.
There is a local saying, “If this grounds a smokin’ don’t go a pokin’” meaning if you poke at the ground, you may get a surprise.
Uh, no Bubba. That’s a geyser. That’s what their job is. There is no corny smokin’/pokin’ saying.
With all this hot water around, it gets used to provide power for the country. Over a quarter of the electricity and almost 90% of the heating and hot water, comes out of the ground.
Along with that, they have some great hot spring bathing areas. This is the Blue Lagoon, a product of the power plant in the background.
I got my armband and joined in.
Hey Look! It’s Millie! I can lounge hot spring side with her.
I could sit here all night.
Iceland has been a real treat. It is another Bubba sized country but it is time again to head east. Where next?