Iceland in Winter: Golden Circle

 

Winter days in Iceland are quite short, but it does not mean that it isn’t possible to stop to admire the most important sites along the golden circle. A time schedule would be very helpful in this case so that you know how to manage the time. This country is so beautiful it makes it really difficult not to stop for longer time at this awesome sights.

We were there only one week before the shortest day and the light began to come through at about 09:30, and the dark came just before 17:00.

Between the first light and the sun rise we could calculate about 1 1/2 hours and the same was for the sunset. We got real the best weather for this trip!

The sunny hours are something like a very long sunrise and a very long sunset; this means…WOW… golden hours all the day long!

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The first place to visite was the enchanted þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In winter we got the chance to see the frozen lake and the Öxarárfoss waterfall

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We continued our trip in the direction of the Geysirs

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Some more time for a quick lunch around this steamy geothermal area. From here in only a few minutes we reached the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.

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The final stop in a natural hot-sprig just before heading in direction of Hella for dinner and a good sleep.

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Iceland in Winter: From the Sky

We’ve been for a few days in Iceland again! Last time we’ve visited Iceland it was in early September and we were so amazed that we found we have to go there.

So we were lucky to find flights for a reasonable time and we could visit our great friend in Reykjavik again and then start our 3 days tour before heading home.

The arrival by plane was breathtaking: many volcanoes covered snow and the Svartsengi geothermal power plant could be admired.

What for an incredible view! We could not wait to start our trip.

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From Djúpivogur to Húsavík, (Iceland, day 6)

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After the raining night we woke up and found out the sky was opening and the heavy rain washed our car almost perfectly and shining! A quick breakfast and we continued our trip. We had to cross the island and reach the north coast!

The fist part of today’s ring road started by climbing up the hill on a not paved road. Well, we will get used to that!

On the way further we stopped and enjoyed the amazing view looking down to the point we started. Waterfalls, sheep and a rainbow were worth for some additional pics and a short break.

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At Egilsstaðir a small town on the banks of the river Lagarfljót we bought our lunch and we continued along Jökuldalur Valley and across the highland desert of Möðrudalsöræfi. On a plateau with a great view to many volcanoes was the perfect place to rest and enjoy our lunch.

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Travelling to the north we took another not paved road and visited the powerfull Dettifoss waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe. These image can give only a little bit the impression of the power of this waterfall!

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From here we proceeded further to the north and drive to Ásbyrgi Canyon, a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon not to be missed.

 

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Proceeding in the direction Húsavík we reached the sea and once again we were happy to see such spectacular breathtaking light effects.

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Húsavík is sometimes called “The Whale Watching Capital of The World” as it was the first place in the country to offer very successful Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in Húsavík is an educational centre on marine wildlife.

No whale watching for us, we simply enjoyed a warm bath in the hot tubes just outside of the town and a good sleep after the long drive.

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From Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Djúpivogur (Iceland, day 5)

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This we had a long drive starting from our hotel and passing by Kirkjubæjarklaustu. On the way we stopped at a river near Foss a Sidu where we played with the exposure of the camera we also stopped to take some pics of the Kálfafell montain and the wonderful landscape.

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A wonderful walk to the Svartifoss waterfall was today’s highlight; hiking on a easy trail trough an incredible beautiful flora with plenty of flowers, birds and small trees we reached the waterfall framed by splendid basalt rocks! Not to be missed!

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Only a few kilometer further we found another place to visit which was not mentioned in the South Iceland t0urist map: the Svinafellsjökull with a glacier landing and melting in a small lake. A great place to have a rest and have our sandwich.

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Finally we arrived at the “Glacier Lagoon”. Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, and large icebergs float on the Jökulsárlón lagoon and drift through a canal under a bridge and arrive to the sea. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland. Breiðamerkurjökull is an outlet of the Vatnajökull glacier. Like diamonds some of the blue ice blocks land on the black sand beach. In the lagoon had the change to spot a seal swimming between the icebergs: what for a spectacle!

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We continued our drive with another stop at Hoffell for a relaxing bath in the “hotpot”. The rain started and did not stop until we reached our overnight place at Djúpivogur on the east coast of the island.
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