Thursday, June 3, 2021

More Falls, Canyon, Cave, & Geothermal Baths in Iceland

I'll cram several more days of Iceland road trippin' into a single post. There's simply too many pictures over two weeks to show off for this truly remarkable country.


Yes, this was late May and eastern Iceland still had some ice and snow with near freezing temps for a few days.

Námafjall Hverir

boiling mud

Grjótagjá Cave

The Game of Thrones love scene with Jon and Ygritte was apparently filmed at or in this cave. This guide says "it only appears in establishing shots - most of the scene was actually filmed in the studio." Maybe only the outside of this was used because the inside is smaller and there isn't a waterfall. They could have used any hole in the ground for that, but it's still a nice cave with a natural hot tub that's too hot to get in.

Game of Thrones scene

It looks pretty safe above and near the cave with solid rocks, right?


Apparently I think holes in rocks are fascinating and picture worthy. There's nice hiking trails here.

Ásbyrgi Canyon

Those are canyon walls and there's a nice area at the end of the canyon to drive to and hike a little.

there's a bit of land splitting the middle of the canyon into two


this was a cold hike through snow and strong winds, but another awesome waterfall

Mývatn Geothermal Baths

This is like the famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik and the Keflavik airport. Mývatn is much further away, less crowded, and cheaper. If you're on the other side of the island where less tourists go, then check this one out!

The bartender in the booth is in a parka. It's cold outside the water!


the area below the main falls is also awesome

across the bridge and back up to the main falls


Baranfoss is Children's Falls. It's not because it's a smaller falls near the bigger Hraunfossar that you'll see next. It's named that because two children drowned here a long time ago. The name isn't as charming with that bit of knowledge. You're welcome.


We'd seen a gazillion waterfalls at this point, so I joked that there can't be that many more variations on the theme. This one is super wide and flows out in many different segments down the side of the river. Yep, it was yet another amazing variation on the waterfall theme.

hard to get the full extent of the waterfall in a pic

different parts of the same wide waterfall

Deildartunguhver Hot Spring

A big bubbling hot spring inside a fence. It's interesting to see the planet operating a never ending tea kettle because there's a never ending heat source down there. Amazing!


Danger! 100 C or 212 F. Otherwise known as the boiling point. I don't think they need to test it. It's always boiling.

warm water trickles down from another geothermal spa

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