And today our path lies to the south-east of Iceland, to the foot of the mountain Hekla. In this wonderful place there is a nature reserve, formed from lava and water. The name translates from Icelandic as "the swimming pool of men of this land." Long time ago, residents of the country came here to bask in the warm waters of natural sources.
It is worth noting that Icelanders are distinguished from other peoples not only by their love for beer, holidays and dances, not only by diligence and perseverance in the harsh conditions of the North. Hospitable and friendly people are patriots of their homeland: they do not leave for other countries for holidays, and families go to their small homeland, to their favorite places.
About the place where our virtual all-terrain vehicle is heading, we can say this: a painting by an expressionist artist. It feels like a time machine brought you millions of years ago - you were not here, but everything is familiar. Deja vu? Lakes of heavenly purity, colorful green mosses on the mountains, lava fields and waterfalls everywhere.
Fantastic mountains complement the extraordinary beauty. What artist painted these ornaments, spirals and divorces? Such a riot of colors can be found in Gauguin or Matisse. Blue divorces go to orange spirals, then through a multitude of multi-colored inclusions - to the purest white - and return again to ultramarine. The beauty is fascinating!
Mountains Landmannaloygara consist of rhyolite - crystals of volcanic rock. Depending on the weather, the color of the mountains changes, any blotches in the sunlight can start playing with multi-colored highlights. The most famous of them are the Gray Wave (Bzennistein salda) and Blue Peak (Blahnjukur). It's time to say goodbye to this wonderful place. Perhaps one of you will surely visit here again - on this journey.
And we are waiting for new wonders of the ancient country. We go to the Alps. Oh, how many surprised faces and questions! But I was not mistaken. We are not going to Austria, we are going to the Icelandic Alps. Skafafetlle National Park is Iceland's favorite resting place. Shielded from the northern winds by the mountains, it is completely unlike the climate or vegetation of the rest of Icelandic places.
There are often sunny days, and therefore plants that are not typical for climate grow. The flora and fauna of the park is close to alpine places - hence the comparison with the Alps. Skafafetl is located at the foot of the Vatnaykudel glacier. This is perhaps the largest glacier in Europe. As a result of melting ice, a lagoon was formed near the glacier, in which year-round floating icebergs can be seen.
Icelanders are kind to the nature of their country. Therefore, there are many national parks and reserves. Skafafetl received the status of a national park not so long ago - in 1967. The landscape of the park is formed under the influence of volcanic activity and glaciers. The national park is known for its attractions all over the world. There are many waterfalls, among which the most famous is Svartifoss. It falls from black basalt columns. It is also called “Black Waterfall”.
A small reference: the shape of the basalt columns, from which falls falls, inspired the architect Guden Samuelson when designing the National Theater.
On the south side of the glacier is another attraction of the national park - the peak Hvannadalshnukur. This is the highest peak of Iceland. For those who want to conquer the height, in order to set up their own coat of arms or flag, I give a small reference: the official measurement of the height, which was carried out in 2005, is 2109.6 meters.
The route is about 70 km long with a height difference of 2000 meters. Those who overcome all the difficulties of the path, opens a magnificent picture of the largest glacier in Europe. The snowy summit is above the clouds. This is the first thing you see, flying up to Iceland.
The tour continues - our path lies in the direction of the forest of Torah. The nature reserve is located in southern Iceland. Another pearl in the necklace of the wonders of the country. We drive through lupine fields - everywhere there is a purple-lilac haze. I recall Bulgaria (the trip was not virtual) and the fields of blooming roses in a pink haze.
A small reference: Lupine, not loved by many gardeners for its aggressive conquest of the place under the sun, is a wonderful nitrogenous green manure. Icelanders took it on board.
Here are our dear birch trees - just not as high as in Russia. The reserve is surrounded by mountains and glaciers, which provides protection from cold winds. Here is a favorable microclimate for both flora and fauna. Green forests and valleys, purple fields of lupins, crystal streams and mountain huts surrounded by snow-white glaciers - and now say that you are not in a fairy tale?
Here is one of the most popular walking routes: between Landmannaloygara (we have already been there) and Gorsmerek. The route is 55 kilometers. Passing through it, you will meet on your way the singing caves of Sonhelpyr. You will see green valleys and mountainous clear streams and rivers that will have to wade. For the most persistent and courageous - unforgettable moments of this campaign will be remembered.
And we have to go on. We are waiting for the southernmost point of Iceland. Probably many have been to the golden sands of Bulgaria. Basked in sunny Nice. Some were attracted by the sands of the Adriatic, others - by the native shores of the Krasnodar Territory. But I think few had to bask in the black sands. An unforgettable sight is the black sands with a white surf line. And everywhere - unreal cliffs, the phantasmagoria of stones: arches, turrets, castles, born by the architect-nature, wind and sea.
Cape Dirholaey - translated as "hole in the door." And in fact, in these cliffs, windows cut into the ocean by nature are carved from volcanic lava. Numerous flocks of gulls, cormorants and divers were chosen by these palaces for dwelling. We still have time to look at this eternity: the sky, the ocean, the rocks - and we. Everything was, is and will be.
It's time, we are waiting for other shores. The journey continues. See you!