Trip to Iceland - Day 3.
The last day of the trip was without doubts the most amazing one. We've seen one of the largest waterfalls - Gullfoss and crossed the American tectonic plate border.
The next morning. Just look at the sky.
It's a shame we didn't get to see the arctic lights.
Time to move out. Some local cars.
You can see how rocks have fallen down during last eruption and earthquake.
Lonely house in the middle of nowhere.
And here it is - the Gulfoss waterfall.
One of the largest in Iceland and the most popular.
Of course the weather wasn't the best one. Every bit of the road got completely frozen which made it absolutely impossible to walk.
When we had to come down to the waterfall everybody just hold on to the rope. Otherwise you would just slide down at quite high speed.
The problem was that the people who were going up were using the same rope, so we kind of stuck there. :) And the freezing wind with water didn't help.
You can see that every bit of land is totally frozen and covered in ice.
You can feel the mighty power of it.
It's really difficult to move or just stand still in such strong wind and slippery surface.
But the waterfall itself looks quite amazing.
As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth.
The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s.
Good thing they have a sign. Otherwise I would never know. :)
Trying to stand still.
Camera freezes even more quickly then we are, so you have to be quick. Otherwise the lenses will get covered in ice.
Trying to stand against the wind.
You immediately get frozen. It wasn't raining or snowing. The water from the waterfall just freezes right on your clothes.
On our way back we decided to take a different root by climbing a hill.
It was much easier than to go back down that frozen road.
From up here you can see the whole beauty of it.
We were told that in rainy seasons all this valley where water falls floats up till the very edge.
Wouldn't be the best place for rafting I guess.
Best place to take photos.
Gulfoss waterfall, Iceland.
The reason why I'm sitting is because it was impossible to stand because of the strong wind.
This really is an astonishing land.
Like it. :)
Here you can see the scale of the waterfall comparing to humans.
And this is how it looks in winter time. Amazing. It's really beautiful here during any season.
We managed to visit some stores as well. Icelanders really believe in elves. They are literally everywhere.
Natural fur. It could be really warm in it.
I liked this item the most. A can with fresh mountain air. It costs about 5$.
White bear and a mountain goat. Actually non of these animals live in Iceland.
Now it's time to go see another wonder that island hides in its depths.
Spooky mountains appear as we drive down the road.
Views are just staggering.
As we drove higher first snow appeared.
Getting closer to our destination.
It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
In short this is a place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. You can see huge American plate is coming over European plate.
The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults.
This also causes the often-measurable earthquakes in the area.
Some of the rifts are full of surprisingly clear water.
The water is unbelievably clear. At some places you can see 60m deep.
One, Nikulásargjá, is better known as Peningagjá, as it is littered with coins at its bottom. After being bridged in 1907 for the arrival of King Frederick VIII of Denmark, visitors began to throw coins in the fissure, to see how really deep it is and how far it can be seen.
Here you can see some coins as well.
The tectonic plate itself. It goes for hundreds of kilometers and continues under the ocean.
You can easily walk between these to plates.
To the left is North American plate, to the right - European plate.
Taking a walk from Europe to America.
Probably the only place in the world where you can do that.
Finally we are on top. And just look at this view.
I'm on top of the world watching two plates coming onto each other.
You can see Þingvallavatn - a lake in south-western Iceland. With a surface of 84 km² it is the largest natural lake in Iceland. Its greatest depth is at 114 m.
Looks like we made it.
Hard to describe feeling when you're standing there. Despite freaking cold and wind of course.
A place of geographical center as well.
I should definitely return here.
After Þingvellir it's time to visit our final destination - Reykjavik - the capital of Iceland.comments powered by Disqus