We depart from Reykjavík driving east up onto the Mid Atlantic Ridge, through rugged lava fields, past a geothermal power plant giving the area a mystic atmosphere filled with the 'sweet' smell of sulfur. We continue over a mountain pass to the lowland South Iceland area. We pass the steaming town of Hveragerdi (Hot spring garden) with its many greenhouses as the tour continues through the largest agricultural area of Iceland. Icelandic horses (not ponies !) are grazing in the many fields we pass and offer inviting photo opportunities.
Approaching the Eyjafjoll (Island mountains) we have views of the Westman Islands and the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted in 2010. The magnificent 60 m (200 ft) high waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss cascade down the sides of Eyjafjoll and offer unique opportunities for getting up close and personal. But don't worry, we'll visit them on our way back to Reykjavik.