Here we go: more adventures in Iceland, as promised. These are the Dverghamrar, Dwarf Stones, which were formed when lava cooled in seawater. This place gave me a strong Labyrinth vibe for some reason.
Here's a glacier (Vatnajokull?) up close and personal.
You have to respect the glacier. Here's what can happen if you don't. (Sorry about the bad pic.)
I think it looks like a huge block of liquorice ice cream.
Loved the black sand. It's really something.
You can't really see it in the pictures, but the sand sparkles in the sunlight like there's bits of gold mixed in it.
Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon was amazing, too.
You can see the glacier in the distance. That's where the icebergs come from.
Here are some of the beautiful Icelandic horses. I've only ridden a horse once, but I'd love to go horseback riding with these guys. They were so friendly.
This is Dettifoss, the waterfall that appeared in the movie Prometheus. (The best thing about the movie, frankly.) They filmed it from the other side, so it looks quite different here.
This is Namaskard. I could only handle the stench for five minutes. Interesting, but you'd need a gas mask to enjoy it.
A crater lake.
This was my very favourite place on the tour: the Dimmuborgir, "dark castles."
The lighting was bad that day, but these are really something. It looks like a natural citadel full of caves and crevices for nasty things to hide. I was half expecting orcs to come pouring out of the caves at any moment.
I'll leave you with Godafoss, another beautiful waterfall. The name means "Waterfall of the Gods," and the story goes that when Iceland converted to Christianity, the people threw the statues of the old Norse gods in the waterfall to show their commitment to the new faith.
Iceland is a beautiful, magical country. If you like outdoorsy activities, you'll love it, but you can see it comfortably from a tour bus too. Just wear warm clothes and respect the environment, and you'll have the trip of a lifetime.