Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Into the Middle

standing in a canyon at Þingvellir

Just five days before I flew back to the US, I drove a Ford Expedition basically into the middle of Iceland, or into the Highlands. The Highlands are volcanic dessert and cover the interior of Iceland. The landscape is vast and flat and covered with rocks of varying sizes and a thick layer of dirt and ash. There are a few oasis and the ultimate destination for this trip was one of them, Hveravellir, a geothermal nature reserve complete with steam, bubbling water, natural hot pool and lush grass. 

But, before getting there, a few stops were made including some of Iceland's "classics" like Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir. Þingvellir marks where tectonic plates of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge meet and is now one of my favorite places in Iceland.

ever-present rainbow at Gullfoss

walking in snow near Langjökull glacier

mineral deposits at Hveravellir

driving through the Highlands in the fog at 1:30am

Hvítá glacial river, 2:30am

See more pictures of this trip here and read about my other trips here and here and here

Thanks for reading.

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