That day, we explored the Golden circle and our first stop was at Þingvellir National Park. The park contains the largest natural lake of Iceland, Þingvallavatn and the well-known Almannagja Fissure, the boundary of the North-America Tectonic Plate.
We also stopped at Oxararfoss Waterfall. The base of the waterfall is filled with rocks and that was quite pleasant to look at. Then we had a look at Hrafnagja Fissure and a few others close by before stopping by the church. The rain was a lot harder, so we decided to go back to the car park.
After that, we headed towards Haukadalur Valley, a geothermal area where are located various geothermal features such as mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits and of course, geysers !!! That was really busy and of course, it was raining so much ! It was interesting to know that the English word “geyser” is derived from the Icelandic word “geysir” which means gusher. Geysir is more or less dormant geyser and the attraction of the area is now Strokkur which erupts at regular intervals every 10 minutes or so. Its white column of boiling water can reach as high as 30 meters. When we arrived near the hot springs, it was raining so much that my camera was completely soaked.. (as you can see in the only picture I took it’s full of water drop everywhere). So I wasn’t able to take any good pictures, sorry guys ! 🙁
Gullfoss waterfall was one of our last stops before going to the guesthouse. A very slippery trail descended to the gorge carved out by the falls and lead to brinks of both the lower and upper tiers of Gullfoss. It was nice to see the power of a non-frozen Gullfoss 😉 I would have been nice with a bit of sunshine !
After the waterfall, continue on 35, pass in front of Reykholt Village, the largest area of green houses in Iceland, had a burger then went to the guesthouse.