Iceland, A Walk Along a River

Iceland, A walk along a river
A walk along the River
our happy guide leads the way,
each bush has it’s own color array
-like a yoga pose.
A place where David Wagoner might get Lost
or Mary Oliver might see Geese.
This Place is truly for us today.

Howard Eustis wrote the poem above while walking along a river on our way to Bruarfoss.  We walked and walked from one waterfall to another, each grander than the previous one.  Last week, we walked a half hour out and then a half hour back in. This time, our guide Einar encouraged us to go “just five minutes more” to see the grandest waterfall of them all, so we pushed onward.  “Just five minutes more” ended up being another 40 minutes of walking along the most exquisite trail along a river.  Never mind the cold and rain and hail.  We were also treated to the occasional rainbow and to sunshine pouring down on us.

Below are photos from our walk along the river.  After the walk we visited Thingviller.

Our guide and driver, Einar and his son Darill.

Our guide and driver, Einar and his son Darill.

Trees along the river

Trees along the river

Heather and red leaves along rushing rivers and waterfalls

Heather and red leaves along rushing rivers and waterfalls

One of the many falls leading to Bruarfoss

One of the many falls leading to Bruarfoss

This is Bruarfoss...hard to get to, but worth the fall into a mud hole (me, went hip deep into a hole!) and worth the pelting rain.  Beautiful!

This is Bruarfoss…hard to get to, but worth the fall into a mud hole (me, went hip deep into a hole!) and worth the pelting rain. Beautiful!

Waterfall at Thingviller

Waterfall at Thingviller

Fields around Thingviller

Fields around Thingviller

Walking along the Continental Drift at Thingviller

Walking along the Continental Rift at Thingviller

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