After we finished breakfast and making lunch sandwiches, our rental car driver showed up to shuttle our four drivers to the Lagoon Car Rental office. We all signed our lives away and picked up the two passenger vans. Ron and John followed Rob and Steve back to Our House, where we piled everything in the van.  After stopping at the Loki to pick up the others, we headed off on our adventure on the ring road. The weather was dreadful.  It was a wet and foggy drive out of the city to Þingvellir.

No single place epitomizes the history of Iceland and the Icelandic nation better than Þingvellir by the river Öxará.

At Þingvellir – literally “Parliament Plains” – the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders. Today Þingvellir is a protected national shrine. According to the law, passed in 1928, the protected area shall always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Alþing.

Ann and I stayed in the visitor center while the others explored the canyon for 1/2 hour. They all came back very wet. Next stop was Geyser.

Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting once every 6–10 minutes. Its usual height is 15–20 m, although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 m high.

Mobbed with wet tourists. I gave the group a half hour to see the geysers. They all came back early soaking wet again. Not too exciting if you have been to Yellowstone.  Just 10 km north to Gullfoss.  Still raining hard so not a lot of time was needed for people to get totally soaked again.

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, located in South Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. On a sunny day shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls.

Then south to our hotel in Hella. About an hour and a half of rain. The hotel is still under construction, but the rooms were great with bathrooms. A big dining room for Bev to set up dinner. She had pre-made some pasta salad with cold cuts and greens. We had a brief meeting afterword to discuss departure time tomorrow.  Hella pretty much closed down at 6 PM.

Steve Johnson

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