After spending one night in Reykjavik we drove to the area bordering the Thingvellir National Park.
In a small valley between mountains and the lake Thingvallavatn, near the geothermal power station of Nesjavellir, lays the ION Adventure Hotel.
The drive from Reykjavik was supposed to be short, but we got lost using the GPS in the car and drove too far, all the way to Selfoss. The GPS unit could not find the Hotel, I had to enter the coordinates in degrees, even after that it would refuse to take the most direct road to it, so it ‘took’ us to Selfoss, a massive detour.
When I realized what was going on I started using Google maps on my iPhone. Fortunately I invested in a data roaming package before leaving the US.
Anyway, no harm done, driving around was a beautiful experience, nothing looked like anything we had seen before, from the fields covered in lava and moss, to the beautiful mountains, to the Icelandic horses. Just stunning and outlandish, something new at every turn, culminating with a view of the lake Thingvallavatn, dominated from above by an episode of virga, rain that never makes it to the ground.