Sunday, July 21, 2024

Journey to the South of Iceland – Episode 802


Travel to the South of Iceland (Podcast)

Hear about journey to the South of Iceland because the Beginner Traveler talks to hotelier Friðrik Pálsson about his place of birth.

Friðrik says, “South Iceland, south and southwest Iceland is kind of open all 12 months. It’s very seldom we now have any issues with the roads or something like that. I might say 80% of our visitors get a automotive on the airport and so they drive themselves. It’s very straightforward to navigate round. I might say virtually all people youthful than 50 or 60 would communicate English fairly effectively and on the entire I can say that we’re very pleasant folks and useful.”

Friðrik begins us with a few of the ordinary websites. He encourages us to spend a day or two exploring the Golden Circle. Right here you will discover the geyser from which all different geysers get there title, Gullfoss (foss means waterfall in Icelandic), and Thingvellir (the Outdated Parliment). You will notice the place the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Possibly on the way in which there, tour the Hellisheidi Geothermal Energy Plant. Iceland will get a lot of its vitality wants from geothermal.

Within the darkest elements of winter you’ll solely have possibly 3 hours of daylight so it’s going to take longer to see all of the websites, however you’ll have the compensation of with the ability to see the Northern Lights.

Friðrik additionally encourages us to get a bit off the vacationer observe. He gained’t say don’t go to the well-known Blue Lagoon, however he does encourage a cease on the Secret Lagoon that are thermal swimming pools which were used for a few years by locals.

His visitors love a few of the outside actions like tremendous jeep excursions into the inside or to the highest of Eyjafjallajökull (“The Iceland Volcano” that closed down air journey in a lot of Europe in 2010). Or take an ice cave tour. 

The south of Iceland has a collection of lovely waterfalls together with Seljalandsfoss, Gluggafoss, Glufrabui, and Skógafoss that are simply reached by automotive. It has lengthy black sand seashores. Many individuals will need to journey so far as Hof to see the well-known Diamond Seaside which is roofed with chucks of ice and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Friðrik recommends taking the ferry to the island of Vestmannaeyjar simply off the south coast. Right here you may see a lot of Iceland’s fowl species similar to puffins.

Through the summer time you may hike within the southern highlands in Landmannalaugar. The world is know for thermal baths and sweeping fields of dried magma. The well-known Laugavegur path begins on this area. Nationwide Geographic has named this multi-day hike one of many world’s greatest hikes.

Critical hikers ought to contemplate a hike of Thórsmörk which is a mountain ridge situated between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. It’s named for the Norse God Thor.

Friðrik loves seeing the response of individuals as they first come to Iceland and have that “The place am I?” response. Iceland is a novel and exquisite place that needs to be in your bucket record.

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Present Notes

Go to Iceland
Golden Circle (Iceland)
Thingvellir (Outdated Parliment)
Friðheimar (Tomato Greenhouse)
Hellisheidi Geothermal Energy Plant, Hengill, Iceland
Secret Lagoon Iceland
Blue Lagoon Tickets
Golden Circle & Geothermal Power Tour from Reykjavik
Iceland Tremendous Jeep Tour
Eyjafjallajökull “The Iceland Volcano”
San Buggy Excursions
Ice Cave Tour
Dyrhólaey Lighthouse
Ferðafélag (Mountain climbing Huts)
Hákarl (fermented shark)
Skogar Museum
Diamond Seaside | Information to Iceland
Resort Ranga
Highland Heart
Iceland South Coast Itinerary – The Finest Locations to Go to


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