The bus winds through Reykjavik and out to the highway for our first stop - Thingvallavatn National Park. This rift valley was where the Icelandic Parliament was established in 930. Here we walk through the area where the American tectonic plate is separating from the Eurasia tectonic plate at a rate of 2.5 cm per year. It goes all the way down to the South Pole, but the only place it is visible on land is in Iceland.
Our next stop is Gullfoss waterfall, Europe's largest waterfall. It is impressive and the sun is peaking out providing us a bonus of rainbows.
Stop number three is the Geysir geothermal area. Unfortunately the famous water and steam spout which provided the generic name geyser to the world, no longer errupts. However the Stokker Geysir remains active and entertains us every 3-7 minutes.
All along the trip we have enjoyed views of interesting landscapes between the raindrops.
We return to our hotel a little after 6 pm. Just in time to enjoy happy hour in the bar. The food service in the bar is from a highly rated restaurant in the same hotel, so we opt to stay put; William orders the fish and chips and I have a delightful piece of salmon with a dill sauce.