Iceland 2022 Day 1

To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, my wife and visited Iceland in May. We planned our trip for months, well, I should say she planned our trip. I just provided suggestions. She did all the heavy lifting. Luckily, her cousin lives in Kópavogur, minutes from Reykjavik. Scott and his wife, Sunna, operate an AirBnB in their house and graciously allowed us to stay there for the week.

We flew from Norfolk to Newark and then from Newark to Keflavik and arrived in the morning of the 18th. We rented our car from Ice Rental 4×4 which is located close to the airport. Warning: They will warn you about the winds and holding on to your car doors when you open them. The winds can rip the doors right off the cars. After driving to Melissa’s cousin’s house in Kópavogur, we dropped our stuff off and proceeded to head out on our first adventure.

Our first destination was Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park. Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Rift; some parts of it are on the North American tectonic plate, while others are on the Eurasian plate. The rift runs through the park. This guide explains it better.

Thingvellir National Park
Mid-Atlantic Rift
Lake Þingvallavatn

From here, we drove to the Geysir Geothermal Area. Even though there was a light rain, and it was in the low 40’s Fahrenheit, we decided to visit two of the famous geysers here, Geysir and Strokkur. Geysir has been active for the last 10,000 years. However, it is fairly dormant now, only erupting about three times per day. Although we didn’t get to see Geysir erupt, we were fortunate to see Strokkur erupt several times.

Strokkur erupts

We had one more stop to make this day and it was to visit Gulfoss Falls. Now just to remind you, we’ve been up over 24 hours at this point and my energy was definitely gone at this point. The rain started to pick up here so we looked at this amazing water fall and headed back to Kópavogur to get some much needed rest.

Gulfoss Falls

Day 2 coming soon

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