The ring road of Iceland, Rt. one, is pretty much the only option for winter tourists, as many of the smaller roads can have pretty dangerous conditions. We set off south after a quick stop for groceries, and had a couple of hours in the slowly breaking dawn light. Weather continues to be very forgiving, so we had clear and dry roads with very little traffic. Our several stops along our journey are shown below in picture form. A short summary would be waterfall, waterfall, waterfall, random field with horses, beach, waterfall. For hiking around near the waterfalls, wearing our studded orienteering shoes made for much safer trekking. Many of the other tourists were slipping and falling, I felt pretty smug about zipping past on the thick sheets of ice that built up from the spray (drizzle, as it stated on one sign) of the waterfalls.
Tonight we are staying in a hostel type place, several friendly groups all sharing the kitchen. We chatted a bit with a group from Moscow, and they gave us a very cool looking fridge magnet with Russian nesting dolls on it. I am busy folding some origami to give them in the morning.
Too cloudy to make it worth going out in search of the northern lights tonight. Here's hoping we get a lucky break soon! Tomorrow we're heading into an ice cave with a guide company. There are a too many neat things to see and not enough daylight hours in which to see them.
|Our first foss|
|On this foss, we could walk behind the curtain of water|
|Still great weather for fossing|
|We forgot to buy carrots at the store. Ponies were uninterested in us|
|Cool rock formations at the black sand beach|
|Finally a break from all that sitting in the car|
|Cave at the black sand beach|
|Starting to get dark|
|Two giants, towing their 3 masted ship to shore were turned to stone: According to legend|
|So much beauty off towards the horizon|