We left off at the end of day 2, isn’t it? So it is time for day 3 and day 4 to tell their story.
It was time for the Golden Circle to show us its beauty. We started the day at Gullfoss waterfall that is located in the canyon of Hvítá river. It is spectacular. You probably spoted the waterfall in Vikings. In case you are getting hungry you have a gift shop and a restaurant in the parking lot. And if you need to pee after watching the waterfall for hours go to the toilets from the restaurant because they are free. I went to the ones from the parking lot and I paid €2 entry fee and after that I saw that there was a toilet inside the restaurant. Frustration kicked in straight away!! :D:D Another thing that I need to tell you, is to be careful because it’s slippery, especialy if you are visiting the waterfall during winter time.
After this cold visit, we went to the geysirs to warm up a bit. Another spectacular place to be. Unfortunately Geysir itself is currently in an inactiv phase, but Stokkur entertained us. You have the geysir that erupts every 7/10 minutes, the steam and gas from the fumaroles, the yellow sulphuric stains and the smell of the rotten eggs. They all complete one of the famous Icelandic views.
After all this we actually stopped to a supermarket to buy some food for the following days. Again, the trolley was full of Skyr from Isey. Delicioso!! By the way, if you are living in Dublin you can buy this yogurt from Supervalu or Donnybrook Fair.
Þingvellir national park was next on the list. Give yourself at least an hour to visit it. It is located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and, since 2004, it is a World Heritage Site. There is a visitor centre where you can get more info about the background of the park, there are hiking trails, and also scuba-diving spot between the tectonic plates at Silfra Lake.
We ended the day with a BBQ and jacuzzi. This was our last night at Mosas 4, a fantastic cabin, with a fantastic host. If it is your first time using Airbnb and you would like to book accommodation either in Iceland or anywhere in the world, you can click here. You will be given $34 in travel credit and after your first trip I will receive $17 credit.
The 4th day was probably the best day ever as we visited Diamond Beach, and hiked on a glacier. Diamond beach is an beautiful, unique beach and that is not only because of the ice blocks, but also because of the black sand, big waves and the view of the glaciers and mountains. Being there, you do realize that nothing is more beautiful than what’s created by nature. You’ve all seen pictures with diamond beach, so I am not gonna bore you too much with that, and I will start to talk about the hiking on a glacier experience.
I really recommend you book a tour and go on the actual glacier. If you are not really into sports, just look for a car tour. We did the tour with Troll Expeditions, a group of well-trained people. The tour that we booked was the one with a visit to the ice cave, and I believe it was somewhere around €100. Have your hicking boots on, waterproof jacket and pants, hat and gloves, and warm clothes, and they will provide the rest of the gear. I was terrified the entire tour that I will fall down on the ice, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the experience. And you can see the glacier used for filming Game of Thrones. How cool is that? Ok, I admit.. it is cool only for those that watch Game of Thrones. :)) The tour has a medium difficulty, so mostly everybody can do it.
After the hike we went to our last accommodation which was Welcome Holiday Homes. If you are in the area book one of their cabin, because it is affordable and service and facilities are fantastic.
We only have one more day to cover, and the Icelandic adventure is coming to an end.
Until next week I leave you all smiling.