Thursday, September 17, 2009

Iceland - day 3 - part 1

The third day a lot of stuff was happening therefor I split the report in two parts.

We spent the night in this little shelter in the middle of nowhere. Close to Hagavatn and Langjökulls. One of the huge glaciers on Iceland.

I climbed a small mountain/hill/volcano to get this view of Langjökull early in the morning while the others were still sleeping.

Later we started our expedition to the glacier were we passed a rather big waterfall that looks pretty small on this picture... But believe me, it was BIIG!

There is really not much vegetation in this area, actually on the whole island...

After the glacier trip we drove back into civilization where we had a stop at Gullfoss. Another really big waterfall - one that even looks big on a picture :)


What do these horses eat on an island where nothing grows?

Unfortunately not our car...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Icland day two

On the second day we got our nice little car. A Honda CRV. Maybe not the best offroad truck but perfect for us!

This day we followed the tourist tracks. The first stop was Þingvellir. The place where the European and the American continental plates meet. That's the valley you see...

The next stop was the Geysir. It erupts every 8 minutes or so. Very impressive. In the whole area you find wholes in the ground with boiling water and it smells intensely - sulfur.

This is not another view from the airplane down on Iceland. It's one of the water holes next to the Geysir. By the way, the blue color comes from some sort of algae in there...

On the way to the Geysir we stopped at this strange thing. From the distance we just saw a lot of smoke and thought there must be some factory that blows it's dirt in the air. When we came closer we realized it was a geothermal powerplant. Completely green energy!

This guy wasn't so lucky with the car :(
Well, didn't have a Honda CRV ;-)

Friday, September 04, 2009

Iceland - day1

I managed to get a week off for a trip to Iceland. While other people fly to a place where it's nice and warm my friends and I decided to do a trip to where it's cold, wet and windy.

It all started quite stressful. The day before my flight I got tonsillitis and had to take antibiotics. I was not sure if I should go at all. But I did and that was good!

The flight was already amazing. Such a great view. If you ever fly to Iceland try to get a window seat on the right side of the plane (if you come from Europe).
I was sitting on the left side though, so I didn't see much :-)

The first night we spend couch-surfing with a very nice Icelandic guy. He had 9 couch-surfers in is small apartment for the night. That was cosy.

But before we went to bed we had to explore the legendary nightlife of Reykjavik.
First of all - if there is not much going on on the streets and bars only some sad girls sitting in the streets - you are to early!
The party does not starts before midnight.

But when it starts it's really wild! You'll find real vikings, girls in super-hero dresses shooting you with laser guns, guy who drop their pants to show what they got (I didn't upload that picture)...
Reykjavik nightlife is great!