The following morning in Iceland I awoke vibrant and early keen to go to Geysir sizzling spring, Strokkur and Gullfoss waterfall in The Golden Circle of Iceland however I discovered myself additionally surprisingly kinda annoyed.
Like how might we have now gotten the hike to the volcano the day earlier than so improper?
After which for some purpose, I made a decision to examine the information and likewise Instagram and there I discovered so many images and movies of people that had gone on the best hike path to take you near the volcano.
It took all of 5 minutes of studying to understand the place we’d gone improper.
For starters, we hadn’t realised that there have been two paths you can go on for this hike.
Additionally, the trail we drove in from Reykjavik meant that the primary automotive park we noticed was the one which takes you additional away from the volcano.
If we had are available by way of the opposite approach, we’d have stopped on the appropriate automotive park.
Exhausting as the hike was the day earlier than, I made a decision we might simply should redo it.
And this can be a large deal for me as a result of I can’t say I significantly get pleasure from mountaineering. Haha! Particularly when it’s obtained such a steep incline.
Truly, I take that again.
This journey made me realise how a lot I really like mountaineering, simply not when I’ve to do it in massive teams and try and sustain.
I wish to hike comparatively slowly and take my time to understand every part round me.
Whenever you do it in an enormous group it’s very straightforward to search out your self making an attempt to play meet up with the quickest particular person within the group and a lot of my power is spent doing that as an alternative of appreciating the hike that I’m on.
And to not point out the actual fact I’d then carry a heavy digicam, big lenses and additional gear all earlier than including an enormous water bottle and snacks.
It was like carrying a small little one on my again to go mountaineering with in order that made issues so much trickier.
Today, I’ve determined I’d solely do it with my cellphone and at finest perhaps a light-weight digicam.
Anyway so it was determined that the hike must be re-attempted however my toes nonetheless harm from the hike the day earlier than so I figured we’d go away that hike until later within the day.
Fortunately because it’s summer season in Iceland, the solar doesn’t actually set so the hike may very well be left off until a lot later within the day.
The plans for this morning can be to go to an outdated favorite in Iceland – Geysir.
Geysir is informally the identify of the overall space the place geysers erupt however is definitely the identify of an enormous geyser which used to erupt fairly steadily however now solely does so each so a few years.
Within the space, although you will discover the extra lively geyser referred to as Strokkur which erupts each jiffy and the eruptions could be fairly big.
This tour right here is such an effective way to discover these websites, by the best way.
It’s one of many first locations we visited in Iceland a few years in the past and I nonetheless discover it fascinating each time we go to.
Additionally throughout it you’ll discover little pockets of effervescent sizzling water on the bottom which is why you might want to follow the strolling paths right here as the bottom is actually boiling.
Not too removed from Geysir, you’ll discover Gullfoss. Gullfoss is likely one of the strongest and most opulent waterfalls in all of Iceland.
Again once we first visited over a decade in the past the trail right here was just a little bit extra ‘makeshift’ however as of late, it’s so clearly outlined and has ranges to it that make it straightforward to understand even when your mobility is proscribed.
After a jaunt across the space, we determined it was time to depart Gullfoss and begin to plan for this night’s hike.
In an try to not make the identical mistake we did the day earlier than, we went again to the lodge to top off on the provides we’d really purchased earlier than happening that volcano hike.
We then made our approach over to an area restaurant for a fairly early dinner (like critically early) earlier than beginning the drive in the direction of the Meradalir Volcano.
As we drove over to the volcano for the hike, I’m not gonna lie, I began dreading it.
It was lengthy and laborious the day earlier than and that was with completely beautiful climate.
The climate this night couldn’t be extra completely different.
It was raining, windy and so much colder.
However we have been decided to make our approach to the right viewing level of the volcano so we carried on to the proper automotive park this time.
On arrival, we discovered that there didn’t appear to be many automobiles within the automotive park and once we tried to park, an area police officer had blocked the entry and mentioned nobody was allowed to do the hike as a result of climate situations and wind change.
I didn’t even hesitate or fake to be dissatisfied and simply jumped again into the automotive.
We have been so happy and I’m fairly sure our legs have been thanking us for not placing them by means of this ordeal another time so shortly.
So with that, we simply headed again to The Greenhouse Resort to loosen up.
That’s really once we discovered the entire meals corridor beneath the lodge with a lot of completely different eating choices.
There’s even a taco truck right here.
As we’d eaten earlier, we skipped the meals choices and simply went straight for what felt like a well-earned chilly bottle of white wine.
Oh, and there’s additionally a store right here promoting a lot of Icelandic goodies.
Issues we hadn’t seen once we arrived in the midst of the night time lower than 24 hours in the past.
It really turned out to be a a lot better approach to spend the night.
The one factor although is that we couldn’t try this hike then for at the very least one other week as we’d be heading additional away the following day to our subsequent cease in Iceland and there was no approach we might do the drive and that hike all in the identical day.
Spoiler alert – that volcano hike closure lasted days and we couldn’t even have accomplished it if we stayed close to the world.
We did ultimately get to do it however I’ll let you know all about that once we get there.
After visiting the Icelandic gems that have been the Geysir sizzling spring, Strokkur and Gullfoss waterfall within the Golden Circle of Iceland our subsequent cease was gonna be these unimaginable waterfalls of Iceland.
Verify Out The Very Greatest Of Nice Britain!
Take a look at our YouTube channel for journey movies!