Day 5- Northeast Iceland

Today the highlight of the trip was to see the most powerful waterfall in Europe called Dettifoss. On the way we stopped at a very small farm village called Fjallakaffi where we saw some Arctic fox pups.

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The area where the waterfall was looked like it came straight from a sci-fi movie. It was rocks as far as you could see and it evoked a beautiful and eerie sense as we drove through. Apparently the Prometheus movie was filled there. We walked through the field of rocks to the waterfall which was very large. The water was flowing down so powerful that even while walking along the edge further away from the falls you were getting a little wet from the mist.

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One of my favorite stops was seeing Námafjall which is a collection of fumaroles and mud pots. The colors of these deposits from thermal activity were beautiful. It was so cool seeing the mud bubbling. The smell however I could have done without.

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Made a stop for lunch and walked around craters and faux craters.

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We then stopped to admire the Godafoss which is known as the “Waterfall of the Gods”.

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As we were leaving a horse riding tour went by. Our guide told us that there are tours where you ride horses for hours and camp out at points on the way. They bring a bunch of extra horses because the people switch off riding so they don’t ride the same horse for so long and give the animals breaks.

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Akureyri was one of the most major towns we stopped in. So major that it is a stop for cruise ships. We walked around (which did not take long) and even went into the church that was right next to the hotel. It is interesting seeing the interiors of their. Churches because there really is little or no ornamentation inside. The stain glass in this church was very linear and clean lines like their architecture. I walked down to their cultural center which was on the water and the first curves building I saw the whole trip!! The inside of the building was beautiful and I loved the mix of the concrete and their use of the wood pieces creating these positive and void forms along the wall.

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After dinner a couple of us walked down to the bar in a hostel to have a couple beers and we even got to listen to a live band play.

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