THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: THINGVELLIR PARK & WESTMAN ISLANDS
Ever wanted to stand on two continents at the same time? Thingvellir (Þingvellir) Park straddles the two tectonic plates of Eurasia and America (if you’re really brave, you can even scuba dive in the gap between them at Silfra dive site). Witness the huge Strokkur geyser, exploding every 12 minutes with its sizzling display of power.
Your next stop could be the volcanic crater Kerið and lava shores of Reynisfara near Vik. Here, glistening black sand beaches and numerous rivers crashing over glacier-formed cliffs will keep your camera busy. Watch rainbows dance in the spray of Gullfoss. And walk the path behind the 40-metre-long drop of Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
There’s also a short ferry trip to the Westman Islands – a volcanically active archipelago. Made famous by the Eldfell eruption in 1973, only Heimaey Island is inhabited. You’re likely to encounter many whale species here, not forgetting the world’s largest breeding colony of puffins – Iceland’s national bird and smoked delicacy.