I finally found my euphoria today. The king of feeling that makes traveling alone so wonderful.
I was relieved to find, upon renting a car for the next leg of my trip, that driving stick shift again after a long absence is like riding a bike.
I love driving. When I was so achingly lonely my first year back in Vermont, I used to get in my car on winter weekends and drive aimlessly for hours, just to get out of my frigid apartment.
This driving is much more fun. I’ve got a zippy little skoda, an “Iceland” playlist full of upbeat but contemplative music with a sprinkling of Bjork and Sigur Ros, and incredible scenery out both windows no matter where I go. What could be better?
I set off from Akureyri this morning, headed towards the lake known as Myvatn, with a detour to Laufas to see some old fashioned turf houses.
The waterfall known as God Falls, Godafoss, is just off the main road and is quite a sight! As you can see below, it’s possible to scramble all around it.
Then, finally, the day’s main attraction: Myvatn. Of all the incredible sights I’ve gaped at so far in Iceland, Myvatn is the most inspiring. I love it here. I’d like to bring Adrian back and go camping for a week.
The circumference of the lake, via road, is just over 26 miles, so they now have a marathon each year. It would be an awesome one to run–nice and flat. But I imagine it’s hard to PR, too much distracting scenery!
I also visited Detifoss and Selfoss today. I know, more waterfalls. But Detifoss is the tallest waterfall in Europe and it’s pretty awe-inspiring!
Detifoss is the first picture. The second photo is a touch of Icelandic humor at Selfoss.
People get closer to the falls here than I would ever dare. With all that mist, the rocks are really slippery.
Finally, after wandering around the waterfalls, ridges, and bizarre Rick formations in the area, I had a nice soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths, a steamy byproduct of the silica-filled water from the local hydrothermal plant. What luxury!
Then a sunset ride back to my hotel.
Pretty great day!!