The Golden Circle-Day 1


June 27. We picked up our car this morning and began our adventure. We only drove the Golden Circle, aka, Route 1 for a short time before driving a longer, more picturesque route before joining Route 1 again to finish the day.

First impressions: No trees. the landscape is green with low ground cover, but the only trees we’ve seen have been planted. Is this the weather? or the rocky terrain? Don’t know, must ask someone.

horses-Iceland

horses-Iceland

Lots of horses. Icelandic horses. They look hardy and sturdy. I am guessing but I don’t think many breeds would survive this climate. We are here in summer and it is only 10 C with wind. I can’t imagine winter. We have learned that any horse that leaves Iceland cannot return. They do not want cross-breeding or disease. Horses are valued here.

Our first stop was the Pingvellir National park then on to the geothermal area and the Strokkur geyser. For those who have seen “Old Faithful” the only thing outstanding about this geyser is it erupts every 15 minutes.IMG_3124

This leads me to another interesting tidbit about Iceland. Over 90% of homes and businesses are heated with geothermal energy.  Hot springs are everywhere-even the horses know where to find them- and there are 150 to 200 active volcanos in Iceland. The last major eruption (some of you may remember) was in 2014 when the ash from Baroarlunga stopped air traffic to Europe because of the dense ash in the air the threat to airplane engines inhaling the particles.

We are in a lovely, unique hotel tonight. Again, clean, simple Scandinavian furniture IMG_3133and saunas. Dinner was good. You need top like fish and lamb to eat well here.

Some one is still dealing with jet-leg.

Travel tip: Bring your own toiletries. Soap, shampoo and lotion. We have not found them in our hotel rooms.

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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One Response to The Golden Circle-Day 1

  1. TBC says:

    Like the “go splat” photo!

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