Saturday, 3 April 2010

A long awaited trip to Iceland

We have been wanting to travel around Iceland for a few years, and finally we got the chance to go. We were not dissapointed!
A trip to the International Travel Show in March proved to be really worthwhile, we found reasonable flights with Iceland Express and Icelandic Farm Holidays, who were terrfic in organising accomodation and car hire for us.

2 hour time difference behind Berlin, we arrived in after 11pm, (1pm in Berlin time), and our transfer man met us at the gates to take us to our hotel. The kids and Nicole promptly fell asleep in the back of the car.

9am the following morning, we were picked up from the hotel and driven to the car hire place to fill out the paper work on the car and we were on our way.

Map in hand, a quick stop at an automatic teller and we were on our way to find the #1 road that goes the entire way around Iceland... Thankfully the roads were marked clearly, and we had a terrific map, (courtesy of Icelandinc Farm Holidays) because "Boris" our portable sat nav system didn't have Iceland maps!

Our first stop was the Þingvellir National Park. The Þingvallavatn Lake is Iceland's largest lake, and it full of glacial water from Langjökull. The lake has sunk 300metres in the last 5000 years. Near the lake are lots of small rocks and people stop and put them on top of each other. It makes the view from the car window very surreal.

Of course we added to the formations too!

The we drove down to the Fissures.
The first Parliament was assembled here in 930 and continued to meet here until 1789.

Men shall be beheaded, and women drowned" was the typical punishment.

The park has a huge rift valley called Almannagjá. Every years the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates move further apart 2mm. The boys thought it was great to be walking between the 2 continents!

There was a small waterfall to the side, and some of the water was frozen, just amazing to watch the water cascade over the ice!

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