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
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