Drove on through Geysir to Gulfoss, where our hotel was out in the nearby sticks. Great hotel. Spent three nights there and ate wonderfully!
1 Gullfoss ("Golden falls") is like an angled staircase with two big steps ...
2 ... and numerous small ones.
3 Gulfoss rainbow
4 Mist from the Hvítá River's second plunge into a 32m-deep chasm
5 Cliffs above the river
6 Morning in the hills next to our hotel, which was out in the middle of nowhere and that was just great!
7 Full daylight
8 Torrent near Geysir
9 Geysir Hot Springs area lying against the red spot on the green mountain, with Strokkur in eruption
10 Geysir geothermal field
11 The geyser Strokkur starting to erupt
12 Strokkur taking off ...
14 ... and reaching for the sky
15 The first time we saw Strokkur erupt, we were stupid enough to be downwind from it, so we got a hot shower. Siv retreated precipitously and stumbled over a rock and fell, but folks helped her up and no permanent harm was done. No camera broken, e.g.
16 Strokkur in full eruption
17 Clear blue -- and scalding -- water of Blesi pool at Geysir
18 Contrasting colors of another hot pool
19 The original great geyser, Geysir, which has given its name to geysers around the world, has been quiet since the 1950s
20 Water starting to boil up in Strokkur
21 Then it swells up like some sort of organic growth...
22 ... and gets bigger and bigger ...
23 ... until it finally erupts.
24 Waves spreading out from the central spout after eruption
25 Afterwards, water rushes back into the relatively empty spout.
26 Once more, astounding colors
27 The calm after the storm...
28 One day, we drove north up gravelled route 35 to see Langjökull (glacier).
29 Almost-mysterious light on the hills
30 Gravelled route 35 leading north from Gullfoss
31 Looking east over an extraordinary landscape
32 Beautiful clouds and light
33 Bright green moss on the rocks
34 Cloud cover
35 Southern end of Langjökull where it forms the river we'll see later on, the water looking all white before it forms the big waterfall at Gullfoss
36 Langjökull's dirty-looking surface
37 Light in the east
38 Road to Skalpanes
39 Slopes of Blafell near Skalpanes
40 Curious pillow-looking hills at the foot of Blafell