After a short overnight stay in Reykjavik I
drove east towards Thingvellir National Park which is the place for the
worlds first democratic government - the Althing, but more impressively
the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
materializes here in the shape of a huge rift valley.
A view of Thingvellir National Park towards the east - nothing less
than a spectacular view.
From the ancient place of Thingvellir National Park I drove more
towards the east on road 35 to the
Geyser Geothermal Field to watch Strokkur erupt into a house-high steam
explosion. After almost being blown away (by the wind) I continued east
to Gullfoss - Iceland's most famous waterfall.
Above is a picture of
the Ljosifoss hydroelectric power station from 1937 capable of
providing 14,3 MW of power.
The geyser Strokkur dancing in the skies.
Strokkur just about to explode into a tall column of steam.
If you doubt about how hard it is to take a picture of a geyser with a
10 second timer set on your camera just guess why you only see steam
being blown away by the strong wind on this picture. The man on the left
is the Dane who is enjoying the smell of rotten egg.
I expected Strokkur to
be a view of a life-time but however interesting and amazing it was it
turned out to be a rather dull experience in compare to the brute force
of Gullfoss - where I felt rumbling in my stomach.