The morning started at KEX Hostel, think the Icelandic Ace Hotel. After a tasty breakfast and some helpful advice I was about to hit the country side.
Before I left town, I wanted to get some supplies. My plans were derailed when the rental car just would *not* lock. So there's all my stuff for the taking if someone just opened the door. Try, try, try again—nothing worked. I took my camera gear and ran to a few shops but I was less than productive knowing my car was open to the world. [Strangely there are no manual locks.]
I left Reykjavik unprepared. Headed northeast toward þingvellir and stopped at Mosfellisbær where I discovered this interesting modern church set into the hillside. þingvellir NationalPpark is huge, if I have the time I'll make a return trip and explore a different area. I met some university students on holiday. German, Italian, and some girl from Ohio. She's the biggest Buckeye fan.
Laugarvatn provided a great mid day break. I had my first bath house experience at Fontona [sp?]. It's a modern bath house used mainly by the locals. A terrific experience, though I kind of thought they'd be hotter.
Geysir is the second stop along the golden circle. This is where I was approached by a young French man who was super happy to be hitch hiking around the island. Though he was rather surprised and upset when I declined to take him to Gullfoss. Really dude?
Oh ya, geysers. Well, they shot water in the air. It's cool but...
By the time I got to Gullfoss the sun was already setting. I took a quick look around, made a few photos and decided I'd try and find a place to sleep near by. I'd photograph Gullfoss again in the morning.
I found a hotel, it was full. They sent me to a farm house just down the road. It seems like a nice place. It looks like they're used to having more people, groups perhaps. Maybe it's because summer's over but I'm the only one here. Which is actually pretty creepy.