We just arrived in Reykjavik. I thought this town would be smaller and more romantic than it really was. But for a little bit of touristic shopping it was just right. But have a look by yourself.
Der Hafen von Reykjavik. Von hier aus könnte man auch auf Walbeobachtung gehen. Aber mein Magen ist leider von der zimperlichen Sorte, er reagiert schon leicht genervt, wenn ich es wage auf ein Boot im Zürichsee zu steigen... da wollte ich ihn lieber nicht gleich mit dem grossen bösen Meer bekannt machen. Ich möchte ja die Wale beobachten und nicht füttern *iiiiiek*.
Even in this part of the world there are gardens. But this one was the most well-kept garden I saw...
Enough city for a week... let's move out and play a bit around in the dirt.
This beautiful lake is called Pingvallavatn and it belongs to a Nature reserve.
In the north of that lake is Pingvellir, which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. Behind this little church is the honorable cemetery. Well, there are only two poets buried until now, so there's nor really a crush.
Follow me, we're going to explore those clefts...
In some clefts are water from the glaciers. It's said, that the water is one of the cleanest of the world.
No wonder that divers love to explore those clefts under water. My hubby was very said to have forgotten his diving license at home. Well for my gusto the water would have been much too cold. I don't really need glaciers waters to have a refreshing bath.
Here the view from above. At the stone plates you can see and guess what forces must have worked there.
A bit more south we found a geothermal power station. It's great how in Iceland the natural power is used ... but really, I'm happy to know that I've got no volcano under my butt here in Switzerland.
A last glance at the beautiful lake.
Did I already mention that at this time of the year in Iceland it doesn't get dark? This photo is made at 3.00 a.m.
Hjálparfoss. As you may have found out by now, the ending "foss" stands for waterfall.
Of course little Alex has to put her nose as close as she could. LoL, the little shower was refreshing.
And again we were fascinated to see the forces, which have left their signs in the stone.
With our little Mule we went further on over sticks and stones to the most spectacular waterfall I've ever seen, the Haifoss. I should better say, two waterfalls. Come on, but watch out where you walk because...
... the way down is a veeeeeery long one.
And then the river splashes on as if nothing had happened.
In Iceland the streets doesn't always look like this.
Nooooo, suddenly you can miss a tiny little sign that says you should better move on with an All-wheel car. Yesssss.... adventure land we're coming! I guess, I've stolen my hubby his last nerves with my "Yehaaaaaa!" when we just drove over a little hill or stone or whatever. But it was so much fun. And when I already saw the next puddle and asked my hubby with pleading eyes not to miss it... he simply shook his head. He really drove carefully and with caution because he wanted to give the car back without damage. And so we did. But the man from the hiring station had a smile in his face when we gave the Jeep back and asked: "As I can see, you did a bit playing around in the dirt." Nooooooo... of course not, not us:o).
Iceland is a fantastic and very exciting place to be, full of contrasts. Sometimes its green, then colorful and suddenly you feel like on the moon so barren it is. No wonder there are stories about fairies, gnomes and goblins. But more about that the next time.
Habt's gut und startet gut ins Wochenende. / Have a good start into the weekend.
En liebe Gruess / Take care