Iceland: from Keflavik to Hvolsvöllur
Hello my dear friends. After a two week break in Poland, together with my family, we are now back on the road exploring beautiful, rainy Iceland.
We were greeted on our first day with low clouds and rain as we drove from the airport in Keflavik to Hvollsvolur, through the Reykjanes Peninsula. But the rain does not bother you as much here, and in fact it adds to the dramatic moody landscapes.
Our first stop was to the infamous Blue Lagoon, whose steam you could see from the road. My family and I don’t usually enjoy crowded and expensive attractions, but we wanted to just see the blue water and the atmosphere. It is truly impressive, and if you are like us and want to avoid the equally impressive bill for 4 people to go in (60 euros per person at the moment), you can admire the beautiful blue water from outside the building.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is full of black lava rocks covered in moss. The rain makes the moss very green and the contrast is striking.
One place we really enjoyed was the Seltun Krysuvik geothermal area. Streams of hot water come down from the foggy mountains and mud bubbles among white and yellow rocks. An information panel nearby explains that the earth below reaches a thousand two hundred degrees Celsius which boils the water and releases hot spring gases.
This little Lutheran church on the ocean is supposed to keep sailors safe and local people believe that it is miraculous.
White swans on a black beach!?!
Icelander’s have a popular saying: if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes.
Later the rain stopped and the clouds revealed glacier-covered mountains.