During my stay this far I’ve came to a conclusion that everything on this island costs tons of more than anyone would like to pay, thus, when someone offers an opportunity including one of the most overpriced trips for free with a little bit of rewriting, what else could you say than “I’d love to.” Thanks to Jón and his wonderful class, yesterday was a class trip day. That was something my host had shortly mentioned earlier, and for my very happy surprise wanted me to join the class for the day. At 8am our bus turned its bow towards our first stop of the day – Thingvellir national park.
It’s been said that Thingvellir is one of our world’s true natural wonders, hiding all kinds of evidence of how tectonic plates, volcanoes and glacial ice have molded and built Icelandic nature through the history. As you might now, also Iceland’s position influences strongly the ecosystem, which is why both North American and European species of plants and animals have been found living on the island – besides unique Icelandic ones (like puffins and arctic foxes.) These are things we heard from our guide ranger at park region and that I find quite interesting.
Even though we didn’t have the time to actually walk around all the huge park, the guide took us to explore for a bit arranging us a shortcut athwart it. At this time of the year the place is covered by white snow and slippery ice, whereas in summer the color spectrum is mind blowing, although it didn’t change the level of the park’s enjoyable beauty.
Our second stop after a while on the road was the Geyser area and with that Geyser tourist- center, where we had an hour to grab a snack and drool over gift shops. We even got to choose ourselves a godly T-shirt from the selection of the Norse mythology gods. For me it was Loki, after finally deciding between him and his brother Thor.
My absolute favorite was the place after the Geyser route, a true Golden circle gem, the amazing waterfalls at Mosfellbaer. Since a part of the place was closed because of all the snow, we only had the upper side of the path to take. I’m a little bit jealous of the tourists getting to take the rest of it in summertime. Nevertheless, the view down was magical. Jón wanted to snap a picture or two he promised to send to me later.
Before returning to Reykjavik the bus drove us to see one of the other waterfalls on the way. After a short walk to the beach you could see that very close, even climb on top like some of us proved. Even if the info and teaching were pretty much all in Icelandic, the experience was totally one-of-a-kind, and when I even made some new friends along the way, I really can’t whine.