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Friday, 8 May 2015

Iceland (Part 4) - Golden Circle

On our way to the Golden Circle, we saw horses along the road and stop by to take some photos of the beautiful horses.



Gulfoss
Upon reaching Gulfoss, we saw monster trucks again.



There is no need to pay any entrance fee. We need to walk for around 5 to 10 mins along the pavement to reach Gulfoss.



There's one more pavement where people can walk to get nearer to the plunging falls. However, the pavement was closed when we were there as it was too slippery and dangerous to walk. Anyway, I was freezing cold and we only managed to stay outdoors for 20 minutes before we head towards the hut which sells some drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

Geysir
Next stop of the Golden Circle is Geysir, which was around 10km from Gulfoss. No entrance fee is required as well.


Walking along the pavement, it was misty everywhere in the Geysir National Park due to patches of bubbling hot geyser water on the ground.


There are 2 geysers in Geysir National Park. The Geysir is the bigger one which can shoot boiling water up to 70 metres in the air, but it erupts quite infrequent, probably about once an hour. The other smaller geyser, Strokkur Geysir is located 50 metres from Geysir. Strokkur erupts quite frequently at about once every 5 minutes and sends boiling water up to 30 metres in the air. The eruption comes unexpectedly, scaring me each time when it erupts with a loud 'Bomb'. You must already have the camera prepared in your hand because you won't be able to react and take photos when it suddenly 'bomb'.


Before leaving Geysir, we saw a snowman made of nachos and cashew nut. Hahaha.


While driving to Thingvellir National Park which was located 55km from Geysir, we saw a dreamy scenery which looks like a fairyland to us.

This photo was dreamy and beautiful, isn't it? We felt like we were in fairyland when we were admiring this scenery live, when we were there.
Thingvellir National Park
No entrance fee is required at Thingvellir as well. After parking our car, we walked along a long pavement of the Thingvellir National Park which is the rift valley caused by the continental drift between the North America and Eurasian plates. There are high rock cliffs surrounding the pavement.




Other than experiencing a walk along the rift valley and admiring the scenery of Lake Thingvallavatn, there's nothing much there. We are actually not able to see nor feel that the location we are at is actually the rift valley of 2 continental plates drifting apart, it's just like any ordinary path to me. But I guess we are too small to see the full picture of the 2 continental plates drifting apart, and if we really get to witness the crack of the drift, we would probably be devoured by the molten lava flowing out and won't be alive.

Lake Thingvallavatn in the background
Again, I am freezing cold after the walk. Brrrrrr.. And took a shelter in the tourist information center at Thingvellir National Park.

After a day's tour around the Golden Circle, we checked in to our accommodation for the night at Héraðskólinn Hostel. The hostel was located in the heart of the Golden Circle at Laugarvatn and it's exterior looks like a beautiful mansion with majestic mountains in the background.


In the hostel, there are many antiques and old stuff displays that caught our attention.


National Geographic for year 1978.
And we settle our dinner in the hostel as well.

Arctic Char. This is quite a popular fish in Iceland, which resembles and taste like Salmon, except that it has a stronger fish taste than Salmon.
Reindeer meatballs. The taste is quite similar to IKEA meatballs. LOL.
Tonight, we saw northern lights again! At around 9 plus at night, this was our 3rd sighting in Iceland. This is the strongest aurora sighting we had in Iceland, in the comfort of Héraðskólinn Hostel. The northern lights was dancing behind the mountains.


After a while, hubby decided to stop taking photos and just admire the beautiful dancing northern lights with me. I have seen the most beautiful northern light sighting tonight. The northern lights was dancing gracefully in the dark sky and we saw it changed colors with our naked eyes! While moving, the colors turned from green to purple! We were so excited! This lasted for a few minutes before the lights became weaker.

Other than being mesmerized by the beauty of northern lights, the sunrise of Iceland is beautiful too. Look at the gradual change in the colors of the sky during sunrise in Iceland. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful!






After day breaks, we drove along the road and saw the dogs resting after the dog sledge activity.


Wow! Look at the beautiful patterns on the snow blown by winds.


That pretty much sums up our tour in Iceland. I am soooo reluctant to leave this beautiful place.

Okie, ending this post with our jumping shots!


My jumping pose looks a bit weird though. Hahaha!

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