We left Thingvellir on our second day and headed east on Ring Road. Huge shout out to my boy, Mateen, out in the sandpit of Abu Dhabi! Thanks to his amazing recommendation, we spent our morning in the bliss of the Reykjadalur warm natural baths.
The hike was nice, and we were treated to a beautiful blue sky.
Sometimes, you just have to pull over and enjoy the view. We did this a lot this past week.
Next, we arrived at Strokkur geyser, but it was packed with people, so we walked next door to what seemed to be a road that led to…something?
It led to a park 🙂
Thankfully, we were able to remember where to turn left and where to turn right on our hike back to civilization, and we managed to find Strokkur. It was impressively erupting every 5-10 minutes or so.
Next up: Gullfoss Falls. Like Norway, Iceland is littered with beautiful waterfalls.
Two Danish chaps wrote the following about the falls: “No waterfall in Europe can match Gullfoss. In wildness and fury it outdoes the Niagara Falls of the United States.” The only part I disagree with is the part where they only mentioned the United States. It’s ours too, ya crazy Danes!
Today was a jam packed day of driving and sightseeing, so we were quickly off to Kerid Crater. Drive. See pretty thing. Sometimes hike to see pretty thing. Repeat. This was to be our lives for the next week. No complaints here, though 🙂
The crater is 6, 500 years old. It’s about 270 metres long, 170 metres wide, and 55 metres deep. The water’s depth ranges from 7 to 14 metres. Kerid is not an explosion crater; rather, it is a scoria crater–a cone of dark volcanic scoria rock with a crater at the peak. The cause of the crater, according to yet another very informative pamphlet that I grabbed, is likely a small magma chamber just beneath the crater, which emptied after an eruption and caused the cone to collapse.
Cavities and fissures are filled with groundwater. The surface, which we see, is called the water table. The water table rises and falls, but never drains.
Okay, enough Science; more pretty things! Bring on my favourite waterfall of the week: Seljalandsfoss!
Why was it my favourite, you ask? Well, as those last two photos suggest, one can admire the falls from behind, and get crazy wet in the process. Just look at my hair. This place is a perfect place for one of those unnecessarily sensual shampoo commercials. And with my hair, I should obviously be the star.
We had just about half an hour left before sunset, and the last waterfall of the day was about 20 minutes away. I was determined to make it. This would be like the sightseeing equivalent to a triple double in basketball or hitting a cycle in baseball. 3 waterfalls, 1 crater, 1 warm spring bath, and 1 geyser all in one day. Let’s do this!
We got to Skogafoss with about 12 minutes to spare, and I climbed those godforsaken steps in all of 5 minutes to enjoy the view before daylight disappeared.
Totally worth it.