After Reykjavik we traveled on to Minniborgir where we stayed for 3 nights as we explored the Golden Circle, visiting the geothermal area at Geysir, Gulfoss waterfall, and the historically and culturally important Thingvellar National Park, including walking along the actual fault line on which Iceland sits.
Iceland is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a ridge along which the oceanic crust spreads and forms new oceanic crust
The fault line at Thingvellar, part of which you can walk through and some of which is filled with a waterfall and river tumbling through the gorge that is created there.
The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. The horses are small, at times pony-sized and their ancestors were probably taken to Iceland by Viking Age Scandinavians between 860 and 935 AD. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country, and exported animals are not allowed to return.
The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland, in the Haukadalur valley. The English word geyser (a periodically spouting hot spring) derives from Geysir, and the name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa, "to gush", a verb from Old Norse. Although Geysir is less active nowadays, it has lent its name to hot springs all over the world.
The geothermal field is also the home to Strokkur geyser, which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes. The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot water blow holes along with boiling mud pits.
Waterfalls are perhaps one of Iceland's most recognizable attractions. Iceland is perfectly suited for waterfalls, its location and climate produces frequent rain and snow along with a near-Arctic location that produces large glaciers, whose summer melts feed many rivers. As a result, it is home to a number of large and powerful waterfalls.
Stokksnes is a headland on the south eastern Icelandic coast, near Hofn. From the headland you can look back across the black ash sand dunes towards the breathtaking mountains of Vestrahorn, one of Iceland´s most iconic mountains.
Where we stayed during our trip.
Hotel Berg | Keflavik
Minniborgir Cottages | For Exploring the Golden Circle
Hali Country Hotel | For exploring Vatnajokull National Park and South East Iceland
Car Rental | Keflavik Airport
We hired a car through Budget from the airport, going for a Group B (VW Golf 1.4 or similar) and we got a Skoda estate which was brilliant. Plenty of romm and it had 4 wheel drive and was fitted with snow tyres with metal studs.
We booked direct with Budget but after a disastrous direct booking later in the year on a trip to Canada, I think I've learned that you should not book direct with any car rental firm, instead go through a broker, you will get it cheaper through a broker.
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