Iceland Journals

Natural Wonders of Iceland

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An August 2007 trip to Iceland by dangaroo

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Godafoss Waterfall

Attraction | "A Waterfall from Heaven?"

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That's what the Icelandic reckoned! On my trip to Iceland in summer 2007, I visited Godafoss (which translates to "god falls"), it's neither as conveniently located as Gulfoss or as in the middle of nowhere as Dettifoss. It's actually located a few metres off Route 1 (Iceland Ring) 60km east of Akureyri or 120km west of Myvatn. I was well aware of its existance before we accidentally hitchhiked a car there, although I hadn't bothered with a guide book, I did have a quick scour on the net of interesting things to see and picked up a little brochure on the boat over. Godafoss is the definition of a picture-postcard sight, so it's of little wonder that the extravagant falls were splashed acro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2009

Godafoss Waterfall
Route 1
Myvatn, Iceland

Gulfoss

Attraction | "Not As Golden As They Say"

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Gulfoss, translating to "Gold Falls" is a watefall in South Western Iceland, located relatively close to Reykjavik, it is a regular haunt for tourists due to its convenient location and the fact that it is within a short distance of two further sights - Geysir and Pingvellir National Park. It was the 3rd major waterfalls that I saw in Iceland and it didn't have the sheer power of Dettifoss nor the spectacular romance of Godafoss. I think that what let it down was the amount of tourists hanging around - due to its accesibility there are loads of coaches and therefore you are not left alone with it like the other two great natural wonders. It's still a fairly big waterfall and you will find ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2009

Geysir

Attraction | "Someone Is in a Mood!"

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Although I was disappointed with Gulfoss, Geysir or its neighbour Strokkur, I should say - almost completely made up for it. I have to admit, I probably had got my hopes up far too much when it came to Geysir. I'd read about it for years and finally I was there, having spent the day travelling on a bus with steamed up windows over the overland route the Kjolur, there was little to do other than to be impatient about what awaited when we reached "The Golden Circle"Geysir is derived from the word "gjosa" - to gush and if you don't know what it is - it is a phenomenon caused in volcanic areas by water working its way down the earth's surface until it comes into contact with hot magna and erup...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2009

Geysir
Geysir
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hveravellir

Attraction | "Heat Up in the Cold!"

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Hveravellir is located in the middle of nowhere between Iceland's two biggest cities Akureyri and Reykjavik, it can be found on the Kjolur overland route - a road with very little traffic over rough terrain. Hveravellir is a warm spring oasis, a pleasant bit of heat in the chilly, blusttery Iceland interior. I'm not sure if the weather was particularly bad for the summer when we visited - below 0, raining and windy but it didn't seem so. Hveravellir was once the famous hideout of Icelandic criminal Fjallur-Eyvinder who escaped to the interior in the 1800's and lived there for 20 years, he spent about 2 years here with his wife. A lot of the names of the springs revolve around his visit....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2009

Dettifoss Waterfall

Attraction | "Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall"

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I've mentioned briefly the magnificence of Dettifoss in a few reviews about Iceland and that's because I found Dettifoss to be the most impressive sight of all. The name translates to "Death Falls" and is very appropriate!We left from Myvatn in the morning with a Czech couple who had offered to give us a ride there, the first 15 or so km are on rthe Iceland ring and then a sign-post appears and the track becomes off-road, there are two roads in fact, one which is better surfaced but from where the view is poorer. We opted for the bumpier ride!What's so impressive about Dettifoss is the sheer volume of water that passes through it, the sound and spit are uncomparable to anything...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2009

Dettifoss Waterfall
Jokulsargljufur National Park
Iceland, Europe

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During our trip to Iceland in the summer of 2007, Myvatn was our first place of stay - 300km along the Iceland ring, going anti-clockwise from the ferry terminal. I've reviewed Lake Myvatn seperately, so if you want to check it out - feel free.I was initially planning to visit the thermal baths Blue Lagoon right at the end of this trip during a few days in the capital. The weather was pretty moody in Myvatn, so when a Danish girl staying at the same campsite at us mentioned to us that she was going up there and had done so the day before and thought it was considerably better than Blue Lagoon which she had also been to, we decided to give it a go.The main reasons for the prefer...Read More

Lake Myvatn

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Attraction | "Midges Lake - a Volcanic Island"

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On a trip to Iceland last summer, we arrived at the self-proclaimed cosmopolitan and unpronouncable port town of Seydhisfjordhur which main attraction is bombed out German WW2 boats from the boat that was arriving from the Faroe Islands. A rough crossing had worn out a lot of people and the vomity smell of the corridors followed by vomit filled lifts killed the rest of. I'd made good use of the duty free shop, to get quite drunk the night before, it worked for pirate's and living it large on the deck certainly didn't leave me feeling as worse for wear as those who huddled in their rooms clenching paper bags. Well aware there is no public transport system on the island, we'd planned our route much arou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2009

Akureyri

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There is already another review of Akureyri but I find it completely innacurate because it's more about the North of Iceland as a whole, in my eyes! This may be misleading to the visitor.Akureyri is Iceland's 2nd city built on the banks of the River Glera. Akureyri looks impressive as you drive into it at night on the road from Myvatn. Unfortunately it's not particularly interesting in the day, like the majority of Icelandic towns, the design of them is similar to the US houses that seem to blow away like a plastic bag each time a hurricane hits them and not particularly appealing to me. The town centre is no different from a medium sized UK town and is completely dead, everything closes r...Read More