— Day 5 —

Two days earlier, we never would have thought it so difficult to leave Thingvellir national park, but in the course of a few days, nature’s peaceful treasures had stolen a piece of our hearts. We still needed to leave if we wanted to follow our plan and seeing how our two first destinations had made such a strong impression on us, we simply knew moving on to the next city would enrich our experience and give us the chance to forge other incredible memories.

Unfortunately, our positive energy was a little stained when our luck ran out. We had planned on hitchhiking to Hveragerdi, the next stop of our journey, but it was as if the grey weather had kept everyone off the road.

After what seemed like an eternity of waiting with our vision obstructed by the light drizzle that had taken place, headlights came our way and finally slowed down. The driver told us he could only take us so far, but we didn’t mind.

Our enthusiasm was back!

We were dropped a few kilometers away from the city, but, this time, didn’t have to wait so long. Still, we had lost an entire half of the day and had to settle for an activity that wouldn’t need too much effort; hitchhiking can be quite tiresome.

With this in mind, we decided to go see Quake 2008, an exposition relating the story of the 2008 double earthquake that hit Iceland. With magnitudes of 5.9 Mw and 5.8 Mw, the seism affected Hveragerdi like no other.

After learning about the reasons that caused the earthquake and the repercussions it had on the city and its residents, we grabbed something to eat before finding our way to our home for the night and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Photos:
http://www.shedoesthecity.com/a-hitchhikers-guide-to-iceland
http://thisamaryfinnlife.com/photos/
http://bramdamman.nl/iceland2012/july18.php
http://www.hveragerdi.is/English/
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Iceland/Arnessysla/Hveragerdhi-248304/TravelGuide-Hveragerdhi.html
http://metro-nomad.blogspot.ca/2013/07/day-8-hverageri-hot-springs-capital-of.html
Information:
http://www.hveragerdi.is/English/
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