After breakfast, our adventure continues. We will start our trip back by driving to Hrauneyjar and we will stop at the second-highest waterfall in Iceland, Haifoss, which is 122 metres tall. Haifoss waterfall is accompanied by a similar waterfall called Granni (the Neighbour) in an adjacent gorge. After a short drive from Hrauneyjar, we will stop at another waterfall, Hjalparfoss, meaning the Helping Falls. This name comes from historical times when people travelled south over the desolate Sprengisandur in the highlands it was very helpful to arrive at this lush area where their horses could graze and recover. We continue our drive to the magnificent Thjorsardalur, the valley through which Iceland's longest river Thjorsa flows.
We then continue to Gullfoss waterfall, in the river Hvita which originates from Lake Hvitarvatn on the south-east side of Langjokull glacier. Gullfoss is one of Europe’s largest waterfalls. Here we will take a short lunch break in the cafeteria at Gullfoss.
After enjoying Gullfoss we visit the active geothermal hot spring valley of Haukadalur which contains the super Geysir which very rarely spouts now, however, when it erupts steaming water is projected 200 feet upwards. The hot spring Strokkur is more active and spouts hot water about 60-100 feet upwards every 5 minutes.
Our final stop before returning to Reykjavik is Thingvellir National Park where the Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible and is slowly pulling Iceland apart. The Icelandic Parliament Althingi was established here in 930 AD. In 2004 Thingvellir National Park was added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.