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Ghosts, geocaching and geothermal springs.

This July I took my daughter for an journey journey. She’s eight years previous and we set just a few objectives for our journey. We might play chess in an exquisite place, we might bathe in geothermal swimming pools, we might uncover locations we did not learn about and we might seek for just a few geocaches.

What’s geocache?

Geocache is a recreation of kinds. It is a neighborhood pushed treasure hunt the place individuals disguise and preserve so known as caches in locations all around the globe. The thought is that looking for these caches will lead you to locations of curiosity, and for loot after all!

Due north

We headed out earlier than midday, stopped to purchase groceries after which headed for Laugarvatn for our first pitstop, lunch at Greatest Burgers. From there we briefly stopped at Geysir in Haukadalur (to see Strokkur erupt) and by Gullfoss. – I am going to confess, I normally do not suggest individuals going as a result of it is very hyped and in style, however the occasions I do go myself I really find yourself bewildered and amazed, maybe no much less by the actual fact these wonders are in my yard. It is easy to do a day tour there, so why not simply suggest it? Here is a hyperlink to a really inexpensive tour. It is easy to do, so actually nice to do with youngsters and your granny.

Gullfoss is, the truth is, on the south finish of Kjalvegur, which occurs to be the highway we determined to take.


The highway is a really tough gravel highway, and whereas it is doable do drive it on a small automobile, the automobile will take a beating and is NOT coated by the rental insurance coverage. For those who determine to take this path, please be certain to decide on a automobile that is rated for the highway.

The highway takes you over Kjölur, in between two giant glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsvallajökull, over a barren panorama that, typically jogs my memory of the photographs the Curiosity Rover has been sending from Mars.

The view from Kerlingafjöll over Kjölur

A sidenote:

Me and my daughter did not go into Kerlingafjöll throughout this explicit tour, however that is a spot I would nonetheless extremely suggest. It is easy to go to on a rental 4×4 within the summertime, however through the wintermonths the highway is closed (for a great purpose). Nevertheless, there are premium excursions obtainable, comparable to this one right here, that take you into the wild winter wonderland. Whereas expensive, I am unable to even start to state how superior it’s to go to that a part of the nation within the winter.

As we drove over Kjölur, we made just a few stops to seek for geocaches. They have been small finds, however looking for them introduced us nearer to the historical past of the placement and made us take walks within the desert we had not anticipated.

Enter: A ghost story with penalties

We spent the night time within the highlands and as we tucked in, near midnight, feeling the sunshine breeze transfer our tent I learn just a few ghost tales for my daughter. Certainly one of which was the story of Ábæjarskotta. Lengthy story brief, it is a few ghost tucked away in a bone, given the task of creating a rival neighbour mad, however ending up making everybody mad and bringing the farms in query to ruins.

She took this story to coronary heart and was very curious in regards to the location, and to our shock, as we deliberate our journey the morning after, we realized that the placement of the supposedly deserted farm was not so distant, and it hid a geocache.

However first we have to take a shower

We made a pit cease in Hveravellir to wash. The identify of the place actually means “hot-spring fields” and it has a small pool that the new springs properly into and folks bathe in it. It is extremely heat and cosy, and normally has some fairly good individuals to talk with too. My daughter is particularly adept at making aquaintances, so she had a pleasant time (till I needed to drag her out of the bathtub).

Ghosts, geocaching and geothermal springs.

After the tub we stored on. We acquired safely out of the highlands and drove by means of the fruitful lands of Skagafjörður within the north. At this level we realized that Ábær, whereas actually talking comparatively shut, was really a fairly lengthy drive away. However we have been on a mission.

Ghost looking

The highway in the direction of Ábær started as an excellent asphalt highway. At this cut-off date I figured that Ábær in all probability was really not abandoned. The asphalt then disappeared, the gravel acquired worse, we began a steep climb into the mountains, alongside steep hills with precarious cliffs under us. The gravel acquired worse, the roads acquired tighter, our tempo was at a trott. That is after we noticed the bridge we have been meant to go. My coronary heart sank, absolutely my daughter would develop up and not using a father if I would try and drive over this.

There was a weight restrict for the bridge, my automobile was simply gentle sufficient for it… I advised kiddo to exit the automobile whereas I drove over it, very rigorously.

Ghosts, geocaching and geothermal springs.

I am going to admit I used to be burdened. Be suggested although, that stress is an effective factor when driving or touring in Iceland. You have to be very cautious, the circumstances may be a lot worse than they have a look at first.

As soon as over the bridge we drove off the gravel on to a good narrover path, hardly described as a highway. With common intervals of 30 diploma climbs and descents, twists and turns, deep holes to be cautious of and an extended, steep hill at our facet. My daughter did not even shut her eyes for a second, describing the trail as taunts and puzzles thrown at us by the ghost at Ábær.

Finally we made it, and positive sufficient, it was abandoned. Abandoned and beautiful. The ruins of the previous turf home clearly seen and accessible on the high of a hill, and the one construction stored maintained within the space was a tiny little church. This deep within the valley Austurdalur, it was straightforward to see how this grew to become the scene for a terrifying ghost story.

A view from Ábær

We made some scorching chocolate, discovered a pleasant spot by the river and performed a few video games of chess. And on the best way again we discovered the geocache after all.

We did not want one other tub, however…

On our approach again to the ringroad up north we could not assist however drop by at one other pure pool known as Fossalaug. It is a brief stroll from a spot the place we have been capable of park our automobile and sits proper above a big waterfall. There is a tiny little scorching spring that drips into the pool and retains it heat. It is fairly soiled, however extraordinarily nice given the placement.

Ghosts, geocaching and geothermal springs.

In order that’s the place our little journey drive ended and after that we took to assembly family and friends up north. Probably the most mundane journeys in Iceland may be became wonderful voyages given the best tools.

In case you are feeling adventurous although, be certain to get a great automobile. There’s loads of leases that may equip you with what you want. Please contact me for those who want some recommendation or options.



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