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The North and East

We wanted to pinch ourselves when we woke up in our tiny little cabin overlooking three different tongues of the glacier beyond the calm green farm. It was as pretty as a picture. In fact, we loved the setting so much that we basked in it as we slowly ate our oatmeal and muesli instead of following our outlined plan to get an early start. The only thing that would have made the morning more perfect would have been if there were a ward or branch in that part of Iceland to attend church. I really wanted to have the kids attend an LDS church on Iceland, but the way our route around the island took us there were no LDS churches on the entire east side of the island. Thus, we had a “mission devotional” with the boys and read through the white handbook. Meaningful and beneficial, but I still wish we had made it to an actual church service. We did, however, have a beautiful Sunday drive; we drove through scenic vistas, mountainous fjords and of course by more waterfalls. Grateful to Mike for driving and driving and driving. Aside from the “everyday natural” beauty of Iceland that we are becoming accustomed to they were a few over-the-top stand outs on the east and north of the island.

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Our favorites were the hikes to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and it’s neighbor Selfoss…….

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the crater late Krafla…..

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the unreal boiling mud pots……..

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Picturesque Myvatn lake and Godafoss falls (named for the “idol Gods” they threw off the falls when they converted to Christianity)….

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Before we headed to Iceland I had read that you needed a minimum of 8 days to drive the ring road around the island. I had given up the idea of even doing it until some friends had encouraged us. I am so glad that we drove  the ring road. I am sure that there are more than 8 days worth of adventures to be had around the island, but I’m grateful that we at least got a sample of the different variety of things available. Once again, I’m so glad we came.

 

 

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