We don’t take many nature trips. We don’t hike, bike, surf or ski. We don’t kayak, canoe or snow board. We tend to go to cities and museums and ruins. But I may have to reconsider after these three days in Iceland. I’m not reconsidering the activities, but I do think we need to take a few more of these trips where nature rules.
While the Blue Lagoon is the most popular attraction in Reykjavik coming up from behind in second place is the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is composed of three primary sights that make up a triangle that covers two hundred miles. Or rather it is a two hundred mile circle once you leave the city environs. The route consists of the national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning “golden falls”), and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been inactive for a long time, Strokkur, on the other hand, continues to erupt at every 5–10 minutes interval.
We did not spend a lot of time in the National Park. We managed to get in one waterfall, but we missed the teutonic plates.
When you are there you are constantly reminded of the movement of the earth both above and below ground. There is a the smell of sulphur that comes from geothermal underground springs that the Icelanders brilliantly use for both electricity and heating water. Everywhere you look the earth is bubbling and tumbling and spewing. You are surrounded by gorges, geysers, craters, cracks in the earth and fields and mountains of lava rock carpeted in moss.
For the Game of Thrones fans out there, they shot the third season in Iceland. When you get out of the city, you really feel like you are in Middle Earth. I know Game of Thrones is not in Middle Earth. But the point is, you feel transported to a time before anything but the just the earth and its carryings on existed. It’s quite a feeling.