The Golden Circle Tour

Today was a very long day but was well worth it. It started at 7:00am. Gummi, one of the members of the branch here, has been working in the tourist industry for decades. He had two extra seats in his van for today and tomorrow and Xan and I were happy to go along. I took A LOT of pictures. And I’ll take more tomorrow!

Today we did the Golden Circle Tour which takes you to 3 big sites along the same road: the parliament place, the waterfall, and the geyser. Xan will most likely correct me with the places proper names shortly. 🙂

The first stop was to Iceland’s largest lake.

I think this photo is a good illustration of what most people would think Iceland is like.

Then we went to the place where the first parliament was set up back in 930 AD. All of these buildings were built since the 20th century, though. The old stuff is gone.

The Law speaker would stand with his back to the village and shout into this cliff. It would echo back so that everyone could hear him.

Then we went to Gulfoss.

It is a giant series of waterfalls.

This is Gummi.

When the sun is up high enough then the whole place is filled with rainbows due to all the mist rising from the waterfall. 🙂 We only got one today…

And now, of course, we have the geyser. I was freezing cold at this point so I only got two photos. My dad will most likely be able to take a ton better shots when he comes with his sweet camera so… if you want better shots, you’ll have to talk with him after he visits us.

On our way back, we stopped by a giant explosive volcano. Completely dormant… but its left a nice crater behind. Gummi told us that there have been concerts held in it while the performers preform on rafts and the audience watches from the sides. LOL.

And now, a section dedicated to my dad, the chemical engineer who works on power plants. We took a tour of one of the new hydrogen power plants. Don’t worry. I’m loaded with all sorts of brochures to give you when I get back. And yes, we’ll take you here when you come. They let you see all sorts of stuff. This was a computer interactive screen that let you see the process in treating all the water here. Basically, in a nut shell, the use the water to produce electricity and water for the entire city safely and naturally.

And my last photos are from the parking lot.

The tour ended around 6 pm. Was the day over? NOPE!

Tonight, we had a fireside. The Danish mission president and his wife are here on their monthly visit to Iceland. He acts as the ‘Stake President’ for the branch. Our speaker was Elder Kraussé, I’m pretty sure I spelled that wrong. He is a member of the 70 and is currently serving in Germany and is French. Very funny guy with a big smile. We finally got home around 11:00 pm after all the chattering afterwards.

And now it is almost midnight and I need to sleep so I can do it all over again, only new places to visit and thankfully no evening agenda. 🙂


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