ReykjavikWe started off with driving to the most famous hot spring of Iceland, the great Geysir. The next 2 hours of drive was filled with varied landscape and the kind of weather that would surprise you any moment. As if, it was playing with us as per its whims and fancies changing even before we got time to adjust with it. The great Geysir was one of the best natural phenomena we witnessed. The entire area is a geothermal field with different active natural geyser and hot mud pots. I can still remember the anticipation of waiting for the geyser to erupt, fixating my gaze at the ring and the sheer fascination when it sprouts as high as 30 meters in the air. At times, it used to come up a bit ready to shoot and then calm down again leaving the spectator wanting for more. There is a small mountain called Laugarfjall which offers a panoramic view overlooking the Geysir area. After spending some time, we went our way back to Reykjavik.In evening, we decided to explore the city area. There are some good restaurants, shopping area, a concert hall "HARPA", etc. It also holds a sea line which is a good place to sit and relax and appreciate the beauty of Reykjavik.The next morning we had a heavy breakfast courtesy our host. He took us through the history of Iceland, the religious practice that was followed and how it changed, how the famous spots were named, the chaos when Iceland changed its driving style and many more. If it wasn’t for our trip, we wouldn’t have left his house and his stories which transported us into a world, the present of which we had just started exploring.Reykjavik was a great start to our trip. We were greeted by a culture and landscape which is completely different from ours and a language which we still cannot understand. Still, there was no fear of unknown but, the excitement of something new at every turn which kept our spirits high.We were soon out and as planned, embarked on something different than most of the travelers. We started our road trip to the famous golden circle however, the other way.
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AkureyriWe took a stop at the town of Isafjordur located near the creek at one of the fjords. Its dramatic landscape surroundings provided a perfect setting for a peaceful and delicious lunch. If not for our already planned trip, we would have definitely stayed here a night or two.We were once again moving as the way to Akureyri was long. During our journey, we came across some amazing landscape which we never encountered before. Iceland greeted us with bright sun, drizzle, thick fog, all on same day. It was as if we were in a fictional world. The drive was longer than we expected and we reached our next home around 1 am. We were on road for around 10 hours and soon retired for the day.The next morning was a quick one and we were once again on the road. The charm of exploring Iceland was insatiable and couldn't keep us away from the wheels for long. We had our breakfast at the outskirts of the city near a river under the perfect surrounding of mountains. Our next destination was Eskifjörður but we had many pit stops to take as the road ahead was filled with adventure and some exciting places to discover.
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We were spending our next two days at Selfoss. Selfoss is the largest town in south Iceland; still it is a peaceful town with varied options for some good restaurants to try. Our entire day was already planned as we had booked a visit to the Langjökull Ice Cave. We had to drive all the way to the Klaki Base Camp. The drive to the base camp was nothing short of an adventure itself with rough roads and a weather which was windy and turning colder the closer we reached to the base camp. When we reached the base camp, we were in for a big surprise. We were just at the foot of the glacier and the wind was at its best. A big SUV was like a matchbox in front of the power of the wind and was shaking continuously. We had to take our gears from the camp which included shoes, complete pullover and pants, and gloves. The temperate near the base camp was freezing cold and luckily we had brought extra pair of jackets. We were then transported into a special purpose vehicle converted to be able to drive on the glacier. Our tour guide gave us some basic information on the Ice tunnel.
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Town is called Stykkishólmur and from the lighthouse on the hill, you will be able to overlook the whole town in a bird eye view! Not only that, you could also overlook the fjords and glaciers along Breiðafjörður, AND THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING! *insert heart shaped eyes* The entire journey(13hours) was so scenic! Totally understand why it is called Iceland in Miniature.