In which A. is profoundly moved by a waterfall, and I put some rocks in my pockets

[Returning to the long-neglected November-December Iceland narrative]

We drive to the third stop on the Golden Circle, a double waterfall called Gullfoss, or Golden Falls.

It is kind of hard, angle-wise, to get a good shot of both parts of the falls. These photos give a better idea of how it looks.


Looking downriver.

A. heads down the rest of the trail and has some sort of religious experience with the falls while E. and I wait in the visitor's center. I took the above picture from the threshold. That's how a lot of the interior of southwest Iceland looks.

This being nearly Christmas season, tons of houses have these wreaths of Christmas lights in their windows.

Wait for A. some more, take some more pictures.

E. and A. heading back to The Jazz (our rental Honda) in the icy icy parking lot. Sunset? Well, it is nearly four pm!

Driving back to the coast.

The spots in the above picture are Icelandic horses, which are all over the place.

E. dozing. You can see him a little bit in the side mirror.

More driving. I watch the landscape and nag A. and E. to put on more heat in the car. We stop to get pizza for dinner, as well as some provisions from a grocery store.

NEXT: Tales of a freaky hostel.

16 comments:

Erin 4/10/2009 9:51 PM  

Pretty! And I come from Canada and thus don't find icy things pretty usually!

Danielle 4/10/2009 10:04 PM  

Breathtaking :)

Priya 4/10/2009 10:16 PM  

Those are fabulous photos. Can't wait to see the freaky hostel tales!

R. 4/10/2009 10:46 PM  

Beautiful! I've always wanted to go to Iceland. I hope you are enjoying yourself :)

--xo.

Cuileann 4/10/2009 10:52 PM  

Erin - Haha! Isn't it though...:)

Danielle and Priya - Should I say thanks or pass on the compliment to Iceland? Hah.

R. - Ooh, this is actually me (one of the latest people alive) working on wrapping up posting on a trip I took...wow, five whole months ago? Mensch, how time flies. Anyways, sadly I'm not there right now. BUT I did enjoy my time there immensely! :) I fell completely in love with it...I really hope you make it there!

Cassandra 4/11/2009 1:11 AM  

response upon checking my feed reader: "YAY, ICELAND UPDATE!" ;)

The pictures are gorgeous... can't wait for the freaky hostel tales.

Summermoon 4/11/2009 2:49 AM  

Yay for more Iceland posting! Love the pictures very much and cannot wait till the next installment. :)

Maggie DeVries 4/11/2009 7:35 AM  

Oh, I love these pictures!

Erin 4/11/2009 9:34 AM  

SO. Beautiful.

Maya Ganesan 4/11/2009 9:53 AM  

You really should be a photographer, cuil. And...might I add that you're extremely lucky to have been to such a pretty place?

Shey 4/11/2009 10:26 AM  

Beautiful, beautiful captures of the landscape esp. the sun in it.

hwalk 4/11/2009 1:51 PM  

So in my senior seminar class, we had a ten mintue conversation about icelandic horses. It was fun.

Eeli 4/12/2009 7:01 AM  

Oh my goodness! These sets of pictures really made my heart deep set. They are so beautiful. I cannot imagine how it would've felt actually being there to witness it! :)


That waterfall is so interesting. So it essentially was two sequential drops in the mountain close together? Hence the double :)

Cuileann 4/12/2009 8:31 AM  

Cassandra, Summermoon, Maggie, Erin, Shey - :) Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoy them.

Maya - Oh, I know...these days it's been long enough that it can be hard for me to believe I was that lucky and was actually there.

hwalk - Ha! Nice. About what aspect of them?

Eeli - It was incredible. I hope you get the chance to see that country someday. And yes, that is how the waterfall was.

Franco 4/12/2009 12:20 PM  

wow that looks gegeous.

Cuileann 4/13/2009 10:37 AM  

Franco - Oh, it was.

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