Before heading off on their grand trip around europe on bicycles and trains and all manner of mayhem, Joel and Janelle split up to visit friends one last time. Joel came out to have a look around Iceland for a weekend, in mid march.
We had a great time! We drove out of reykjavik in ground level thick fog, headed down to the south coast. theyr.net had predicted that it would be clear skies once we got to Seljalandfoss, and they were absolutely spot on. (They're a pay service now unfortunately, great weather forecasts though) We hit Seljalandfoss and could see the sun shining through the wall of fog that loomed before us. Amazing. Like a blanket lying over the country, and we just punched through into the sunshine.
Hit up the good sights. Seljalandfoss is always a classic, then a swim and lunch at Seljavallalaug. Even got a bit sunburnt! In the middle of march, while my friends froze in the fog back in rvik! Fabulous afternoon. Fed Joel dried fish, and opal, and then drove off for another waterfall.
Skógarfoss. And at a perfect time of day. Just as we arrived, a busload of tourists left, and we had the place to ourselves. The sun was low and in the south, and shining directly onto the waterfall, making huge rainbows. We even got to see something I'd never seen before, complete 360° rainbows. Enough sun, and enough moisture in the air, (lots) and the rainbows reached right around and met in front of your feet. Not exactly circles, given the way they lay on the ground and in the air in front of you, but all the way around nonetheless. I thought I was just making it up for a while, but I could walk backwards and forwards and have it grow and shrink, and Joel saw them as well. Very cool.
After that, it was off to a St Patrick's Day party, with icelandic Bollur filled with green cream and iced with green sugar, and downtown for a taste of some of Iceland's nightlife. And there was much merriment, and eventually, Joel got put onto a plane safely the next day, and returned home to start yet more adventures!