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Iceland, day 3

Selfoss to Geysir, then on to Gulfoss, and back to Reykjavik.

It was a spectacular day. I'll try to upload some videos that Amelia took! We said goodbye to Spirit farm this morning, and travelled the Golden Circle back to Reykjavik after stopping off for two spectacular sites.

Let me just say that I am in love with Iceland at this point. xoxox

A great website we learned about is http://hotpoticeland.com for the gps location of all of the hot spring locations. We have a wifi hotspot in the car and can connect to Maps or Google Maps, and enter the GPS coordinate to find it. So far, the mobile wifi has worked well, it has been worth it.

Driving in Iceland has been very easy, there is no traffic, and lots of roundabouts. There are only a handful of road signs to learn. Driving is on the right side of the road, like the US.

Tonight, we met a German guy who has biked around the ring road in six weeks. I'm not sure about the rest of Iceland, but the area we have seen along the coast has been relatively flat and I imagine it is great on a bicycle. It is very windy and exposed, however.

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Posted by ramblingsmiths 19:22 Archived in Iceland Tagged waterfalls geysers Comments (1)

Iceland, day 2

Day trip from Selfoss along Hwy 1 South Coast

Quick 5 minute description of day:

All of our devices are dead, so not many photos, especially best parts!
In the morning, we woke up early, 7am, had a hard time finding food for breakfast, but ended up in a little cafe.
Coffee is good in Iceland.
As we left Selfoss and drove East along Hwy 1, it became more and more beautiful - flat farmland, cliff and mountains, amazing colored green mountains and valleys, big blue sky. Glaciers.
First stop was a wide waterfall, we took photo of the sign. This waterfall has the most volume of any icelandic fall. The current was intense.
Second stop was a wool shop/glass shop (no photo). Interesting that there is only one glass kiln in Iceland because the cost of gas is high, so they fire it in Europe.
Third stop, Icelandic horse ride. Amelia was in love. By the end of the ride, Steph was getting comfortable with TinTin :)
Fourth stop was a 60 m tall waterfall on par with Multnomah falls, you can walk behind it. It was touristy but lovely, too.
Fifth stop was the best ever hot springs experience of a lifetime (sorry no photos!). Imagine a MASSIVE bright green valley, like HUGE. We could see sheep in the distance, tiny little white dots on the hillside. You are sitting in a pool (30 ft x 50 ft or so), on the hillside, with your back to the hillside. It was fantastic. We finally left at 9pm.
Stopped for a fantastic meal at a farm restaurant, a converted dairy barn. Very very nice food. We were too relaxed and full, we had to stop for a sleep in the car on the way home.
Amelia has falling asleep fully clothed every night, too tired to properly get ready for bed :)

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First Day in Iceland

Arrive Reykjavik, warm welcome at Spirit Farm near Selfoss, first trip to grocery store, Hot Pots.

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Our flight was a relatively small plane (six seats across), and very smooth. The Icelandic staff was very attentive. The meal service was provided at an additional charge, so next time I think we will bring more snacks/order less food. We arrived in Reykjavik at 6am, on time.

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The rental car (Sparky) was JUST big enough for our luggage :) The car has a mobile Wifi hotspot, which has enabled us to use our computers, iPhone Maps, google maps, and websites for info. We hiked up a little hill for a stunning view on our way to Selfoss. The trip was 1.5 hours

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We were welcomed to Spirit farm by the two brothers who manage the house. It is a happy place, a lot of people here from many countries (some volunteering), lots of bedrooms. We have our own bedroom and use a shared bathroom. The people are Icelandic, Austrian, Dutch, German, Scottish, American.

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We went to the grocery store to get some basics for dinner. Everything is written in Icelandic, although people were very helpful with our grocery list items, perfect English. We came back to the farm and there were 16 at the table for dinner. The place is very comfortable and tidy, no alcohol policy, but that's ok.

After dinner, we walked 15 min to the river from the house. Apparently this farm is enormous and it has been for sale for a couple years, but because it is so big, there is no buyers. It's like 10 million dollars or something excessive like that. They are cutting hay and wrapping Silage right now.

We ended the day by driving to the local Hot Pot, which is like a hot spring, not sure of the difference. It was 11:30 pm and the dark photo shows the sky at 1:30 am when we left the spring. We had it to ourselves and it was fantastic. The farmers apparently used to bathe sheep in the hot pot before sheering. Now it is used by locals who know how to get there (not easy to find!).

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This is Steph. It is my first attempt at this blog, so I'm sure this will improve! I can only see one photo, so hopefully you will see all of them on the blog post.!

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