Iceland day 4 – Where will my journey end?

When I woke up, I did my daily routine. I had breakfast, had a shower, packed my stuff and so on.20150912_070131 Timm, the guy I met the day before, was nice enough to give me a lift to Seljalandsfoss, which was around 70 km away. On our way to there, we saw a lot of young seagulls lying down on the street. I read the evening before, that they are too young and not strong enough yet to fly all day long. Instead, they rest on the warm streets. Unfortunately not every car sees them.

During the drive Timm told me he wanted to see the big Glacier Solheimajoekull. However he was not really good in reading maps. The glacier was a bit away from the main street. But somehow we went to another street towards Myrdalsjoekull through the village Eystri. It couldn’t be called street anymore. It was nothing else than a stony, dirty road with – I am not even surprised – sheep on it. There was even a street sign which said only SUV’s allowed on this street. He ignored the sign. After a few kilometer it was not even possible to drive on the street anymore with a normal car, but at least we had a wonderful view over the coastline and the big volcanoes.

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We drove back to the main road and this time we got the right exit to Solheimajoekull. I still remember how it was when we got out of the car and walked the rest to the glacier. The first time in my life I saw a glacier from up close. We again a sign again – this time it said it was not allowed to go near the glacier – and walked down to the glacier. 20150912_102047We even got into a little ice cave. The ice in the inside was clear and blue. I never saw such a beautiful ice cave before! It looked like made of blue crystal. When we went outside of the cave I tried to get closer to the other parts of the glacier. Timm told me I should just walk where I already saw some footprints. Otherwise I could step into an air hole.  Well I did it, but I stepped into an air hole anyway, fortunately just into a small one, around 10 cm deep.

Afterwards I walked back with him to the car and we drove all the way to Skogafoss. We were talking a lot about America and the people there during the drive. At Skogafoss there was still a rainbow to be seen. This time I also went to the very top of it. On the top there was also a way where you could go further to the back of the river. 20150912_112600We decided to walk there and found several much more beautiful waterfalls up the mountain road. I bet 85 per cent of the tourists have never seen it. On the way back to the car we found some sheep again, as usual.

On our way to Seljalandsfoss we talked a bit about work. Timm is a teacher and is traveling around the world with the goal to educate his students more and teach them about other cultures. He really cares about his students. At the waterfall Seljalandsfoss I said goodbye to him. He told me I could still go with him, but there was more to see in Iceland and he would slow me to much down, so I thanked him, swapped Facebook details with him and went to my own path again with the hope I will see him again.

On my way on the road I was thinking about to where I could go. Maybe I could try to see the Geyser? However I was not sure how to get there. After a few minutes a car stopped for me. There was a Taiwanese father and son inside of the car. They both wanted to see the golden circle with the geyser. I couldn’t believe it! Out of all the cars on the street, exactly the one I needed the most stopped! So I got inside and we drove all the way up to the geyser. Their English was not that good therefore we were more or less quiet during the drive. On our way to there we saw a lot of people riding horses and rounding up sheep. We had no idea why they did it, but it looked pretty awesome.

20150912_141533After a long way to drive we finally arrived at the geyser park. It was an amazing landscape! The ground was very warm and I had the feeling like it could explode any20150912_142708 second. Water was streaming out simply everywhere from the surface and there were a lot of small geysers around the area. It also smelled like rotten egg, fortunately not that strong. Finally we saw the big Geyser. A lot of people were standing around to see it. I saw the water shooting out from the earth into the sky and disappearing as hot steam twice. It was incredible to see it.

Thereafter we went to the Gullfoss waterfall.20150912_145609 At the waterfall I said goodbye to the guys and went down to see it. It was the biggest waterfall in whole Europe! Tons of water shot down the waterfall. Even a Rainbow appeared! It was an indescribable feeling and I felt honored to be able to see it. I was watching it for a good hour.

When I went away from the waterfall I was thinking about how to get back.20150912_150012 I was in the middle of nowhere. In the very end of the horizon I was able to see some volcanoes, but no houses at all. Fortunately an American guy stopped with his big SUV and gave me a ride. He asked me where I wanted to go to, but I told him I had no idea, just to a camping ground. The guy explained me he was here for the day and would go back to America that evening, it was just a layover from Barcelona and he arrived this morning. He also explained me he would pass Selfoss, near Reykjavik, 20150912_161001and there should be a camping ground. On our way down to there we spoke a lot about his daughter. He wanted to show her the world outside of America and was traveling a lot with her. Just not this time because she had no time at all. We also saw the horse riders  again.

 

In Selfoss I said goodbye to the guy and looked for the camping ground. 20150912_190211I found it in the middle of the town, near the school. After I pitched up my tent I went shopping and tried to got to the swimming pool for the first time as well, but it was already closed. Then I went back to the camping ground and had dinner there. I also chatted with some nice Dutch girls there and helped them with my map to find the way they needed to go the next day. Then I went to my tent and slept.

 

To the next day —>

Comments

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