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  • Day2

    The Golden Circle

    September 8, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    We left our hostel at around 9am today after having breakfast. First up, on the Golden Circle route was þingvellir National Park, where we got to see parliamentary ruins and a huge lake called þingvallavatn Lake. The scenery was indeed something that pictures could not do justice to.

    Then we continued driving and reached our second stop, Haukadalur Geothermal Field, where there were multiple geysers. There was one active geyser which shoots every 8-10 minutes called Strokkur and I managed to get it on video. It can go upto 35 metres high.

    Next up, the majestic Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall (direct translation). It consists of 2 waterfalls, first at 11 metres height and the second at 20 metres. Some even says it outdoes Niagara. Truly a sight worth seeing.

    Then we headed to Keriđ crater. This place was formed 6500 years ago thanks to a cone volcano that collapsed on itself after it depleted its magma reserve. There is a pool of water at the bottom which is at the same level as the water table and its not due to rainfall.

    By this time it was already 5pm local time so we drove to our guesthouse for the night which was located in Hvolsvöllur. Kennarabùstađur house is a cute little cottage amidst the vast meadows. Very cosy indeed. Incidentally we met up with other guests who also happened to be Malaysian. This place also had a kitchen so it made preparing meals very convenient since we had a lot of ingredients.

    We turned in early for a head start tomorrow. Hopibg to dip in some hot springs tomorrow.
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