If you want to explore Iceland in a way most people don’t get to, go off the beaten path and ride up Hekla Volcano with Moonwalker Tours. Our guide, Bessi, picked us up from our apartment in his Land Rover. (He told us that it is a very bad idea to call it a Jeep.) So off we went in one of the most fun cars, umm…Jeeps…um. LAND ROVERS I’ve ever been in. Okay, it was the only Land Rover I’ve ever been in. And it had REALLY big wheels, so I think it could go over just about everything. That is pretty much what we did. Bessie even had to let some air out of the tires before going up the mountain to make the ride more comfy. Be prepared to laugh and scream a lot if you go on this tour!
The waterfall was beautiful. It looked like it was from The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, or something from another time. It was pretty cool. (Besides my mom yelling at me to stay away from the edge!) There were actually two waterfalls that formed one and a lot of really tall stones … it was incredible!
The Drive On Hekla Volcano
After we left the waterfall, Bessi told us we were going up a volcano … one that still erupts every seven years or so. The problem was that the last time it erupted was 16 years ago. So, we were a little bit nervous. The drive up the volcano was beautiful, but I think I mentioned this, EXTREMELY bumpy! It was so fun to go up and down. Bessie said some rental cars try to go where we went and get stuck … no way would I ever do that.
We made it! We stopped at one beautiful destination after another. Along the way, we learned that the volcano grows moss so that other things can grow on it. You can’t step on the moss or it will break apart and take another THOUSAND YEARS to grow back. Pretty interesting fact!
On the way down, we visited some craters that looked like the surface of Mars … they were bright red! We went flying into some rivers which made HUGE splashes (Which didn’t help the bumps at all.) My brother said “yeehaw” a lot.
Landmannalaugar Natural Hot Springs
After all that exploring, Bessi took us to some natural hot springs where two hot rivers from the volcanos and one cold river from a glacier combined to make one big warm soaking area. Warming up in the natural hot springs was incredible! The water felt so nice and warm. There were a lot of people camping outside because a lot of people come there to go hiking before relaxing in the hot springs, or maybe to soak their muscles after riding on bumpy roads. It isn’t fancy, but it felt really, really good.
Finally, we stopped at a cobalt blue lake that was really colorful. It’s also a crater in the middle of a volcano. It’s name means “ugly puddle,” which doesn’t describe it at all.
The journey was amazing! Moonwalker Tours is so much fun! If you ever go to Iceland, you’ve got to go on the tour. And if you go on the tour, you have to ask for Bessi!
Welcome to Iceland!
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