By Colstro

Iceland Day 2

We left Reykjavik today to travel first to Þingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic National Assembly (the Alþingi) was first established. This is the place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are tearing apart by some 2-3cm each year. However, we timed our visit with, it seems, visitors from a cruise ship, so it was unpleasantly crowded, and we moved on to Geysir to see the water spouts and hot pools.

Finally, we moved on to one of Iceland's best known and most spectacular waterfalls, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), where the River Hvítá falls 32 metres into a 2.5km ravine. Even if it isn't raining, you can get very wet around these falls as the massive spray covers the area. You can get some idea of the size of the falls from the small figures standing on the rock promontory protruding into the falls from the left (behind the spray). (Hit L on the keyboard to see the picture large.)

[Back blipped because my laptop died just before the trip - and internet access was not available at all our locations.]

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