This was a day of getting to our trekking start point, with three interesting stops along the way. The area is known as the Golden Circle.
1st was the Thingvellir National Park.
We stopped at Thingvellir National Park to see the faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930, the park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland. It was fascinating to hear all about it!
2nd was Gullfoss Waterfall, it was breathtaking! The highest waterfall in Iceland, this massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.
3rd was a stop at Geysir! We saw a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes. It was fascinating!
It was mostly a travel day, but I still managed to put over 13000 steps on my Fitbit (step counter).
Then we were off to our 1st camp and time to set up tents. This was barely accomplished when it started raining, so we all stuffed into the Kitchen Tent and helped Gulli ( our guide) prepare our meal, which tasted awesome!
After supper the rain had stopped, so we took a little walk, and we were in awe of the beauty! Both Jennifer and I could hardly wait to start walking the next day.