Iceland on the way to Calgary

We spent a couple of nights in Reykjavik on the way to Calgary. For a change we decided to leave our bikes packed and take a Super Jeep Tour to Landmannalauger and the Saga valley stopping off at several waterfalls, lava fields, hot springs and Mt. Hekla. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are not really used to being reliant on other people so it was a bit frustrating when the jeep forgot to pick us up, but once we got going our wonderful Icelandic guide made up for that.P1060229The scenery is just mind blowing. We had an unusually sunny day so we were able to see for miles and the normally ferocious wind was light. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce we left the tarmac and set off across the lava dust road 9ur guide let down the massive balloon tyres and rolled effortlessly across the black, green, red and brown landscape, across fast flowing rivers and late lying snow.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We visited a massive crater and lake whose name translates to ‘Ugly Puddle’. It was stunning.

Ugly Puddle
Ugly Puddle

Walking through the lava fields at Landmannalaugar,P1060144Past steaming vents of sulphur P1060163Apparently half the population of Iceland believe in elves and trolls, I think this might be a troll.

Icelandic Troll
Icelandic Troll

We spent a relaxing time floating in a hot spring river. It was a bit surreal, floating in steaming water, in a lush green field, surrounded by snow covered lava mountains while having a political discussion with a group of East Germans.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt doesn’t start getting dark here until about 10:30. In the evening light we visited the Thieves Waterfall where they used to hurl thieves in viking times.P1060229

Below I am adding some other photos of the trip.

Acres of Lupins
Acres of Lupins

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