In Iceland, everything is really far away. In order to see the best sites the country has to offer you either have to rent a car or join one of the many Iceland tours. We already completed a handful of tours including: West Iceland, South Coast, and the Glacier Lagoon. We were promptly through the majority of our Golden Circle Tour after a monstrous lunch on the cliffs of one of Europe’s largest waterfalls, Gullfoss. If you would like to see what Icelandic cuisine looks like, take a look at these two posts: fish and chips and do you know what a puffin is.
The majority of us did use the restroom but there is always that “special companion” that decides they don’t have to go. As we are walking through the Iceland geysers our special companion suddenly realizes that she has to use the restroom. Gummi, our driver takes us on a detour to see unique lava rock and we stop for a moment to have some of our peers play in the snow for the first time. We get back in the van and the moment occurs: “I really have to use the bathroom”.
As this was the main topic of conversation as we get to ThingVellir and stop to marvel at The Mid Atlantic Trench. This is where Iceland is actually being torn apart by the North American and European tectonic plates. How would you like to live on an island that is being split by a few centimeters every year? Another interesting fact, ThingVellir is also the site of the world’s first parliament.
We keep looking at the sites and it dawns again “I REALLY REALLY have to use the restroom” (emphasis on REALLY). For men it’s considerably easier to use the restroom, you find a corner or a bush and you aim and fire. Women, being classier and more refined than men, use the great invention called the toilet. One problem, we are in the middle of a colossal national park with the nearest restroom being a 20 minute walk. Being the smartest woman in the universe, she stalls me to let the group walk ahead and finds a quaint spot in the park; it’s called the Mid-Atlantic Trench. I kid you not, she literally took a dump where the earth cracks (pause for laughter, I still laugh when I think about it). I don’t want to alarm the environmentalists since it’s widely known that manure is great for the soil.
Iceland Travel Advice: Try to use the restroom even if you don’t have to because in Iceland you are going to do A LOT of driving.