An American Experience

One of my favourite things about living in a foreign country is that people are always suggesting American cultural experiences that I can’t miss but I have to admit I’ve been pretty lax at doing them so far. Continue reading “An American Experience”

The Golden Circle!

Yesterday we drove the Golden Circle which is Iceland’s most popular tourist route and I fell into a lake! The route consists of Pingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gulfoss waterfall and a number of smaller stop offs. It was the first sunny day we have had here meaning I got to see Iceland with a blue sky for the first time. I hope you like the photos!

Gulfoss waterfall with a beautiful rainbow!

The Strokkur geyser erupts every 8-10 minutes
There is lots of geothermal activity at Geysir
The water in this lake was so clear that I fell into it by accident!
Pingvellir National Park
Kerid is the crater of an extinct volcano
Hveragerdi has hissing vents and bubbling mud pools dotting the landscape

More Iceland!

Today we drove south of Reykjavik and explored some geothermal areas on the Reyjkanes Peninsula. It rained incessantly (if a British person thinks it is wet then boy it is wet) but we were dressed for the weather and it didn’t bother us. We saw some tourists sit in their tour bus and not leave and it made me feel sorry for them, why sit mournfully watching the rain when you could be seeing volcanoes?!

We drove on empty roads through lava fields and with sharp turns around volcanic features. The geothermal area at Seltun was fascinating with bubbling mud pools, steaming hot springs and beautiful mineral colours. We discovered a lake in a volcanic fissure with black sand beaches and winds strong enough to shake the car. Iceland is such a beautiful country!

Hot springs at Seltun

Black sand beach on a windy lake
The steam in the background is coming from hot springs


This morning my wife and I arrived in Iceland where we will be spending the week. It’s somewhere we have both always wanted to go. Today we have mostly slept and explored Reykjavik but the rest of the week we will be driving around seeing volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls! Here are the first few photos I took on my phone. 🙂

The famous Hallgrimskirkja cathedral

Sun-craft, a sculpture of a Viking skip. Probably the only sunny thing we’ll see all week!

I feel like this guy is having a bad day!