Iceland’s Golden Circle

Beautiful Iceland

Beautiful Iceland

When I first flew into Iceland yesterday, my first thought was, “This sure looks like the Big Island of Hawaii!” You see, Iceland is also a land of volcanoes and lava flows, and like the islands of Hawaii, most everything has to be imported. It means that all goods, food, etc. are frightfully expensive!

The view from my hotel room.

The view from my hotel room.

On the plane over from Ireland, I happened to be traveling next to a 9-yr. old Icelandic girl who was by herself, and we began talking after awhile. She said her stepmother owned a chocolate bar company which was advertised in the inflight menu. It was called Omnom, containing chocolate, licorice and sea salt. She bought one from the flight attendant so I could try it. A six ounce bar cost $12! But after I tasted it, I found it absolutely scrumptious. When I saw it at the hotel gift shop, I bought two to take home.

After the 3-star hotels in Ireland, I am luxuriating at the 4-star Foss Hotel Reykjavik, a brand new building which is the largest hotel in Iceland with 320 rooms. I walked into my room to find the TV on, playing music and a screen which said, “Welcome to the Foss Hotel, Katherine Crosier!”

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Today our tour group of 35 people went on what is known as The Golden Circle, looping from Reykjavik into central Iceland and back. From Wikipedia: The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir national park, the Gullfoss waterfall (meaning “golden falls”), and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been inactive for a long time, Strokkur, on the other hand, continues to erupt every 5–10 minutes. At the first stop, our guide told us that we were standing in a fissure between the tectonic plates, with America on our left and Europe on our right.

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Smoked trout with cottage cheese on flatbread.

Smoked trout with cottage cheese on flatbread.

 

I went with three other women who are traveling solo and we had dinner at a cute cafe featuring homemade Icelandic food. I had a few pieces of smoked trout on flatbread with cheesecake as dessert and it cost $30!

imageWe stopped at Hallgrimm’s Church where we saw a woman playing the organ with a saxophonist. It was unusual to see the organ console down at floor level, after climbing up to organ lofts in Ireland.

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About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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7 Responses to Iceland’s Golden Circle

  1. Susan Duprey says:

    Saxophone and organ? My dad would have died right there!

  2. John Alexander says:

    You’ve just traveled to two of my all-time favorite dream destinations, Ireland and Iceland… Someday I will follow in your footsteps, the good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise!

    Have fun!! Eat a sea salt/licorice chocolate bar for me!!! 🙂

  3. Kathy,
    Iceland looks beautiful! Love the video of the Golden Falls! Glad you are having a great time.

  4. David Ruberg says:

    It would appear that the Klais organ has a mechanical action keydesk up in the loft as well as an electrocuted console down on the floor?

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