Iceland Day 5: Golden Circle (abbreviated)

Iceland Day 5: Golden Circle (abbreviated)

Last day. We woke up to find that the temperature had dropped, and snow had begun to fall. We had to borrow an ice scraper from the innkeeper. Our flight wasn’t until 5:15, so we had a full day. We decided it was finally time to head up to the Golden Circle.

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Ah, see the glowing greenhouses I mentioned in the last post?

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Here I am next to a crater. It’s a round hole in the ground! A sign was suggesting $3 to view it. Luckily no one was in the booth to collect.

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We stopped off in Skálholt, which our guidebook called a “saga town.” We weren’t sure what that meant, but at one time it was the largest town in Iceland with 200 people. It used to be a major religious center, and was the seat of the Catholic bishop. But he was beheaded and the town lost importance.

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Cold. Cold, cold, cold. That’s an archeological dig behind me. It was cold.

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And now, on to the main attraction: Gullfoss. It’s sort of the waterfall in the south. It was pretty incredible.

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Hm. I think this photo is out of place. But please enjoy it here on its own merits.

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See those little people on the bottom left? They’re on a path with a chain and warning sign about winter conditions. I did NOT want to follow them.

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Mr. Tran wasn’t wearing any gloves because he wanted to be able to use all of the buttons and knobs on his camera. His poor fingers got awfully cold.

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Yeah, but look at that smile. He’s unconcerned, really. That’s a hockey player for you.

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So, the chained-off path. I was convinced. There I go…

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You know that makes the path dangerous in winter conditions? Crazy spray from the waterfall, that’s what! By the time I got out to the end, I was completely covered in frozen water droplets. Oh, I was not a happy Kate.

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Not a smile, but a grimace.

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After a trip into the visitor center to use the bathroom and thaw slightly, we returned to the car. On a whim, I punched the address for the car rental office and discovered that if we left now, we’d make it back in time to catch our flight. Off we went.

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