So the time has come to wave goodbye to this most incredible of places, this was the third time I have visited Iceland and I know it will not be the last, the last 9 days have had thier for share of ups and downs and the whole trip has been an adventure.
The weather is still holding true to the Icelandic norm and that is hammering down with rain, of course that goes with bright sunshine some days and blizzards the next, unpredictable is not the word!
This last blog entry is just to tie it all up and include a selection of photos from my time here and a bit about the places I have seen, we didn't mange to get everything covers but I am thrilled with what we did see nonetheless.
I love waterfalls and Iceland is awash with them, from epic torrents to smaller streams, waterfalls line the landscape and the main ones are nice and easy to get to, my recommendations - Gulfoss, Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss, one is massive, one is tall and one you can walk behind. Awesome.
On a clear day, which does happen, you can see for miles, the visibility in this country is unbelievable, few cars and a love of renewable energy see to this. Take a look in any direction and the country side is topped with mountains all around from the moment you start driving inland.
Iceland sits in between two tectonic plates and as such has many volcanos and geothermal activity spots, in fact geothermal power is one of Icelands main power source and as many as 98% of the houses here enjoy very cheap and clean geothermal heating. As for the sights Geysir and Seltun are the 2 spots I would recommend, the first is home to a Geysur which erupts every 5 minutes the other to a sulphur paradise of bubbling mud pools and noxious steam vents.
On the subject of good things being off the beaten track try parking up on the roadside just a few miles away from the south town of Vik, walk about 2 miles towards the sea and you are greeted with a crashed US navy plane that sits derilict in the sand, just incredible.
I could go on about place after place in this alien landscape but I'll keep it brief and just get on to some more images, thanks for reading and sticking with the blog over the past week or so, there will be more images up when I get home and can have a proper edit!
If you are ever going to visit this place then I would recommend these three tips:
-stay for as long as you can
-explore, the best things are off the beaten path
-wrap up, it rains here. A lot.