Day 2: Waterfalls, Geysers & Volcanos
After breakfast meet up with your guide and head for Þingvellir, a fissured rift valley on the north side of a lake which is something of a shrine to Icelanders, it being where they gave up rape and pillage in favour of parliamentary democracy. Savour the Geysir geothermal area with its hot springs, fumaroles stained yellow with sulphur and Thykkuhverir’s viscous hot springs; Gullfoss, whose waters flow down a 3 step staircase before plunging in two stages down a crevice at right angles to the flow of the river. Drive past the Bishopric of Skalholt to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Centre where you’ll hear about the 2010 eruption from a Vulcanologist, and then down to and along the south coast past Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss.
Continue across vast outwash plains to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you’ll have dinner and overnight at Hotel Nupar.