We started out Day 3 on mimimal (about 4 hours) sleep...is anyone seeing a pattern? We met with our tour guide in a "super jeep" which was more like an 8 passenger van with monster tires. We would need this super jeep to be able to drive onto a glacier...but I am getting ahead of myself. This tour was the "golden circle" tour which includes some of Iceland's most famous sites. First stop was Geysir. The Geyser that all geysers are named for. Neat!
Surrounding Geysir were lots of these hot springs. It was super steamy!
And boom goes the dynamite.
The first thing we had to do was get suited up! I was already wearing ski pants, a sweater and my big puffy coat. Then I put on this sexy orange jump suit, gloves, a ski mask and a helmet (safety first)! The difference between Josh and I?? I make this look good!
Next we got the most ridiculous snowmobile tutorial. It was basically "here's the gas, here's the brake, and if you fall over, keep your legs inside or they will get crushed". And then, we were off!!
My view from the snowmobile!
It was so beautiful and bright!!! I wish I had brought sunglasses! Snowmobiling was way too much fun. We were going along at 40mph on a glacier! I had to remember to look around and take it all in because I was having so much fun!
We stopped after thirty minutes so that the people riding two to a snowmobile could switch and let the other person drive. I paid extra so I had the snowmobile all to myself!!!
Here is Josh doing his best to stay warm! Poor Josh thought his fingers were going to fall off!!! I was having too much fun to be cold!
Our next stop was the Gullfoss (golden) waterfall. This waterfall was really cool because you don't walk up to the base of it, but the top! (without a stupid scary hike)
See...picture proof that we was there!
We had a quick lunch of lamb stew and then headed off to the last destination, Þingvellir National Park. This park is the site of Iceland's first Parliament which was founded in 930AD. Blah blah...goverment...blah. The coolest thing about this site (to me, anyway) is that you can see The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic Plates!!!
There is also a lake here with crystal clear water that brings in divers from all over the world...even in the winter....which is dumb
Standing in "the crack"
here you can see the two plates. You used to be able to walk on the ground between them, but they had an earthquake at the site a few years ago (surprise, surprise) and they had to build this walkway.
So at this point, we headed back to the hotel. After a little rest, we went back to the harbor in search of dinner. We had some fish and chips with homemade ginger ale.
After dinner, we went back to the hotel excited to get our first real night of sleep. Josh sampled a few local beers and I played around on Twitter. Well twitter was all abuzz (atweet?) with news of the Northern Lights. Apparently, this was to be the best light show of the year. I asked Josh if we could take another late night tour and he muttered something about a divorce. Finally, I talked him into a five minute walk down to the harbor at 9pm just to see if we could see anything. I wasn't that hopeful because our previous guides had told us you need to leave the city and all light pollution to be able to see the lights. Still...it was worth a try.
I'd say we did pretty good!!!