Mittwoch, 4. Juli 2012
Island / Iceland
We're back! From where? From a country that fascinated us with its pure nature, its originality, its uniqueness: Iceland. How can such a magical country have such a short name? At least it should sparkle when taking its name in once mouth. But let's stop that worship... I just take you on a short trip to Iceland and I really try not to talk too much, so that you can enjoy more pictures.
We stayed in the Grimsborgir Gueshouses and we can only recommend you that beautiful place.
Every apartment has its own kitchen, where you can cook diner if you won't have it in the restaurant. And every apartment has got a hot tub... we enjoyed that very much even though some times we felt like lobsters that have been thrown into the pot. The hot water, that came out from the earth, was 38 degree warm/hot.
That was the view from our apartment.
But now let's not talk but start to explore Iceland.
Kerid is a 55 m deep volcanic crater. It's about 3000 years old.
Iceland, the land of Geysir and hot springs and other hot Blubbers.
The Geysir works its way up...
... every view minutes it splashes out. It's gorgeous! I'd love to have such a natural fountain in my garden (well, it probably would be a bit too big *smile*).
Gulfoss, probably the best known waterfall in Iceland. Compared to this waterfall our little Rheinfall in Switzerland is a trickle.
Of course we had to look at it closer...
... as close as possible. In Iceland one seems still to count on everybody's own sense... not everything is behind a fence. So you have to watch carefully where you walk out. Hmm, maybe that's the reason why my husband and I only found young Iceland people at work. We were astonished about the young age of the people there, most of them seemed to be between 18 and 25 years old. Don't ask me what they do with the elderly once *LoL*.
Lupinus are a plague on Iceland we read. But look at that... how can such beauty be a plague?
I believed to be in the land of my dreams... flowers where ever I looked.
This is Iceland southernmost spot. I could have stayed here forever and one of the reason for that were the puffins... but more about them in another post.
Our little Muli who brought us over sticks and stones.
Glaciers to touch. Over pistes who we would usually only walk we drove to one of them. We could have joined a tour on the glacier but we arrived already a bit late for that.
But it was fascinating anyway.
Skógafoss, it's said to be one of the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. And I have to confess that it is really awesome and wonderful.
And another Blubber hole. My hubby had of course to explore every hole where it was bubbling or steaming... it must have something to do with a male gen. :o)
Here a touristic sign said that Europe and America are drifting together. Hmm, well, I just believe this now.
It's amazing what forces had worked and still are working on this island.
Solfatares of Gunnuhver... out of every hole in the ground it was bubbling or steaming. The smell wasn't as worse as I feared, but a rose really smells better than the inside of our mother earth. She's got a bit of halitosis.
It's better not to cross the fence because the ground is very, veeeeery hot.
Lighthouses just belong on photos of island holidays, don't you think so?
And this is Iceland too: Birds, birds and even more birds. But about this I'm going to tell you in a post about the animals of Iceland soon.
Typical Iceland houses. We didn't see big towns beside Reykjavik. By the way it was exciting to go shopping for dinner on Iceland. Fresh vegetables were rare and what we didn't find at all was wine. But who thinks at food and drinks, when the soul gets so much nourishment?
So, now we get to Reykjavik but about this and many other things I'm going to tell you in the next post... only if you like of course.
Häbet's guet und bis bald / Take care