Day 4: The East
The day began with a short visit to Namaskard (Mine Pass) steam vents and boiling mud pots. Walking on this landscape seemed like walking on planet Mercury. Once I spotted the path up the Namafjall mountain for the ultimate viewpoint, I couldn’t help myself (I’m the small dot in the last 2 photos).
Back on the ring road, Mt Hverfjall (1378 ft) was in sight. It’s this huge tuff ring volcano east of Myvatn. The caldera is barren unlike other craters. No time for climbing this one though, awww.
Afterwards, it was time for the one true waterfall; Dettifoss. When you first approach it, your jaw drops as you feel like an insect compared to it. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The pictures just can’t capture the power. This is the waterfall in the opening scene of the Prometheus movie. And yea, I made sure to wear my NYC marathon shirt for this one.
Selfoss is another waterfall that flows into Dettifoss and was just a 10 minute walk away. But after the spectacular Dettifoss, nothing can compare.
After witnessing the almighty Dettifoss, there was plenty of barren and deserted landscape to pass. But even so, being in the middle of no man’s land is awesome in Iceland.
There was a quick stop at a small ranch where we all had some Icelandic meat soup and happy marriage cake which were both excellent. There was a pale white cat that slept through everything somehow. We spotted Herdubreid (Queen of the Icelandic mountains) in the distance. At almost 33, I can still whip out the Nike kick, but only after several tries.
Before spending the night in Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstadur, we came across a waterfall valley. One of them had a short uphill trail. It’s always a treat to feel the spray from a waterfall after hiking uphill for a while just to get close enough for the good viewpoints.
The hotel had a dinner buffet. It was an opportunity to try eating new foods like some goose, reindeer, and horse. A late night stroll led to a horse stable nearby. We just watched them eat their grass buffet for a while. I didn’t know horses could have such nice hairstyles and blue eyes. The next day we head South, the land of the glaciers.
TO BE CONTINUED…