Pieces of Iceland, Day 2
“There’s no one on the island telling them they’re not good enough, so they just go ahead and sing and paint and write.”
― Eric Weiner
All the magic we went thru, all that we experienced on our second day were worth the long hike in very bad conditions.
Actually we were all soaked, dirty and cold. We started it like an easy 30 minutes walk, which became more than 2 hours. But maybe I’ve never found it that funny to be so wet and tired, I just enjoyed every minutes! After some point you don’t count how many time you fell into the mud and you don’t really care about the 1l water in your boots.
Our final destination was Reykjadalur with its hot river. Yeah, I said it right, river and not a simple hot spring, not a lake, it was a cool hot river. Do you need any better reward than this? I don’t think so!:)
We had to find the right spot, as there were some way too hot parts and some were just not enough hot to bath there for hours. Once we found the best place, I felt like I’m in heaven. Really. I can’t describe this feeling, that was the moment when I felt that life is good, life should be about these kind of cool moments and not about money. Not about a huge house, a luxury car, about useless items. I just wish enough money to be able to come back and enjoy the pleasure of these special natural places.
It makes you feel you are getting closer to nature and most importantly, closer to yourself. It’s easy to lose some parts when you are living in a big city and sometimes we just forget what are the real and most important things.
I wish everyone to do this at least once in a lifetime.
“The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting.”
― Stephen Markley, Tales of Iceland or “Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight”
I’m so grateful I had the chance to come here, and of course big thanks to Birgir, otherwise we didn’t even had a clue about this wonder!:)
Later that day, basically it was almost at night, we went to see Geysirs and the famous Gullfoss.
Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air.
I could stand there and watch it for hours all over again.
The power of Gullfoss “Golden Falls” is phenomenal. Usually it is a touristy place full of people, but now that we arrived almost midnight, it was peaceful and only a few people were walking around.
Would you believe it was in serious danger at the first half of the 20th century? They wanted to use it for generating energy. Luckily it’s under protections these days. But horrible to think about it, that people would destroy such a wonder for some money…
Be back soon with more pieces of Iceland! x