On my last full day in Iceland, I thought it might be pretty cool to go on a tour in a Super Jeep. This thing by far exceeded my expectations in terms of capacity and impressiveness
We did the famous ‘Golden Circle tour’ in the opposite direction, to avoid all the big tour buses and packs of tourists, and honestly it worked out really well. Despite the constant downpour of rain and incessant wind, it was a superb day – this weather is something I’m quite accustomed to thanks to England … On our 8h trip, we saw these and various other places:
It was definitely worth the money I paid. The offroad drive was actually so much fun! I managed to attach my GoPro to the front of the car to record our drive up the glacier (though I’m still working on the video footage to make it bearable to watch)!
After a short drive and some awesome stories, we arrived at the famous waterfall Gulfoss. There are a number of photos of this place because I found it to be one of the spectacular sites we saw.
For the next two hours or so, we experienced the joy and excitement of being aboard the Super Jeep. Granted, the ride was bumpy and pretty uncomfortable once we closed in on the glacier, but it the discomfort was overshadowed by the fun and novelty of this kind of driving. I managed to attach my GoPro device to the front of the car as we started the drive, but could only use video time-lapse because of battery saving capacities – I only had 30% battery left and the drive was a good 25 minutes … I’ll figure out a way to slow the video down because it’s hard to see at the moment. Anyway, the video will be available in a few days I hope. In the meantime, here are the remaining pictures of my time in Iceland.
Iceland is a special place, and holds a special place in my heart. I’ve never seen anywhere like it, nor do I think I ever will. One island holds so many variations of the world we see today. Mountains, ice, snow, fire and the unending barren landscapes of the highlands. It can be hard to explain in a small paragraph what this place means to me now, but I will give it my best shot …
When I travelled to and through the mountains, my joy of life and exploration was unmatched, nearly. The beauty of looking up and wanting to scale up the cliffs mad me feel like I had a purpose, a goal to reach somewhere up there. It was so out of reach, but always finding a way to look up, breathe the cool air and start walking up is my way of reminding myself never to give up in the face of difficulty.
Upon reaching the top, the vast expanses lay before me and all I want is to accept where I finally am, at the top – but the urge to go down and keep walking ahead is too tempting to refuse. The barren plains are pretty lifeless, but they provide a pathway for reaching the next destination. The photograph above is my way of accepting that. I may stand in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but rocks and emptiness, yet I will always embrace it, stand strong and continue my journey.