Iceland 2012 - Day 1

October 12, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Sun, clouds and steam

EasyJet 6:35am from London Luton airport arrived in Reykjavik 30 mins early, a good start to my first visit to Iceland.  The approach to landing provided a glimse of what is to come extensive lava fields with a mosaic of autumnal colors kissed by mirrored blue sea.  Collected efficiently by the representative of Thrifty Cars and 10mins later I’m driving on the wrong side of the road (right) and sitting on the wrong side of the car (left).  The roads are well-maintained, well signposted and near empty…the M25 car park seems a long way away.

 

Find the Iceland A1 and heading east towards Hveragerôi to the Frost and Fire Hotel my home for the next 5 days.  Now I have always had a fascination for volcanoes and to find that my room overlooks a fast flowing river beneath a currently silent volcano that still has fumaroles of mud and rising steam comes close to vacation location heaven.  Large patio doors looking north with provide an ideal frame for the Aurora Borealis should they grace me with their presence.

 

First day, so much to see and the day is sunny with frequent large clouds casting shadow and contrast over the dramatic landscape.  I drive to Geysir the home of all Geysers over wild countryside walled by volcanoes.  Photo stop and then on to Goôafoss, the ‘waterfall of the gods’.  Dramatic, loud and stunning although challenging light for photographers.  I must get fit, the hundreds of steps down into the canyon were easy going down but on the way back managed to find a photo opportunity to catch the breath!

 

Dramatic (there’s that word again) skies and weather on the way home, glaciers and mountains toped with snow dark menacing skies and perfect low light as the sun started its daily drop into the ocean. 

 

Bed was a welcome companion but not before a tantalizing glimps of the Aurora between gaps in the clouds and mountains.  A perfect sleep warmed by geothermal heating.  7:00am and the start of day 2 launched by a soak in a natural thermal spring hot tub as the sun started kissing the sky.  24 hrs of Icelandic heaven can’t wait for what today will uncover.


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