According to our road guide and what we saw yesterday, we decided to visit Mosfellsbær to buy a blanket, a small town north of Reykjavik where they have the best wool. Sadly, we got lost and then we realised it was Sunday. No point in looking for a shop that would probably be closed.
Halldór Laxness museum is located. Halldór Laxness was an Icelandic writer, Nobel prize in literature in 1955. We saw from afar Laxness' white Jaguar (I thought it was a Rolls Royce, my fault) parked in front of it. En route, we saw lots of horses and lambs in farms. It was nothing for what we would see in our remaining weeks.
Also of note is the lack of trees. It is a very odd feeling, because everything is really green, but without trees. It turns out that in the settlement times, Iceland was green and Greenland was ice. The island was covered with trees, but it was deforested to use as fuel and timber, but trees grew very slowly in this volcanic soil and didn't take off. Currently there is an ongoing process of reforestation, with mixed feelings from the people in Iceland, because some think it is not the way Iceland is and others think it is what Iceland should be.
First stop: / 64.25806; -21.125Thingvellir (Þingvellir)
After a leisurely walk, we looked at our map what we would do now. A nice route to follow was through the Kerið crater / 64.040; -20.888. It was our first contact with Icelandic volcanoes (and non-mainstream tourist attractions) and it was terrific. There was no-one around, and the outlandish red sands and blue water was mesmerising. We walked to the bottom of the crater (a pretty easy walk) and touched the cold water in the bottom. Also picked a handful of rocks of the region (something which would get increasingly common... we have a lot of Icelandic rocks...).
Second stop: The Great Geyser Area
Third stop: / 64.32611; -20.12111Gullfoss
End of the Day: Hotel
If you are curious, in this first day we drove for 251.3 km.
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