On my last day in Iceland, I did the popular Golden Circle Tour. I was fortunate to have Sival as a guide, as he was well-educated and knew a great deal about geology, energy, and history.
Let me share with you a few photos of some of the stunning things I saw. Remember to click on the pics to enlarge them.
Faxi. We also learned about salmon fishing in Iceland. (See the salmon ladder on the left of the falls?)
It was then on to Kerid, a volcanic crater used in Goldfinger.
Gullfoss, a powerful, two-tiered waterfall that the British were going to dam for hydro-electric power. Fortunately, they were interrupted by WWII, and then they lost their rights to the land. It's hard to imagine what the world would have lost had they succeeded. (Notice the people on the path and ledge and you'll get a feel for the size of this thing.)
Eventually, we made it to the Geyser Hot Springs area, which is sort of a mini-Yellowstone.
Thingvellir National Park. This is where the North American and Eurasian plates are moving apart at the rate of an inch per year. The fault lines are pretty obvious here. Also, the water here, both in the streams and in the lake, is so pure and clear that you can see everything in it. The lake is very popular for scuba diving.
This park is also where the ancient vikings held parliament, as there is a rock formation here which makes a perfect podium on a ledge. (I wanted to hike up to it, but my back was giving me too much trouble.) It was at one of these parliament meetings in about the year 1000 that they voted to switch from paganism to Christianity. The Thingvellir Church is a reminder of that event (although the church isn't all that old).
After a long day of touring, I was dropped back at my hotel. Unfortunately, as this was a weekend, all the local (and by "local," I mean about 3/4 a mile away) cafes were shut up but one (as they catered to employees in the area, not to tourists). This Icelandic pizza was my best option for dinner.
(The best meal I had in Iceland was at the hot dog shop in the town square on my first full day there.)