Reykjavik, Iceland – Part II
It was a very cold morning. I woke up early just to have a stroll outside the hotel, while waiting for the bus to take us on the tour.
First stop was to the Thingvellir National Park. I was pretty confident my old boots would survive the rather adventurous hike, just because it wasn’t bought in Malaysia (surely it can survive any winter conditions!), and it’s still in a very good condition even after 5 years! And yes, I do know it can get rather slippery when walking on snow-turned-ice conditions too. But little did I know, the hike through the park would get rough, because it’s pretty steep at some point, and the wind can put anyone off balance at anytime – even someone on the heavy side, like me!
So, there was I, crawling at some points, grateful for any hand that held on to me along the way. But even then, I loved, loved, loved the place. Breathtaking sceneries all the way. Holding on to a camera is definitely out of the question in that condition, but I was ok with that. My mind was already set even before the trip to just enjoy the view, and not let the camera get in the way. I had loads of other cameras around to capture the memory anyway! 😉
We walked from one end to another, where the bus waited. Naturally, us Malaysian will always be the last to get in. Jakunlah katakan… hahaha…
Next up, was the geysir.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Geysir (sometimes known as The Great Geysir), in the Haukadalur valley, Iceland, is the oldest known geyser and one of the world’s most impressive examples of the phenomenon. The English word geyser to describe a spouting hot spring derives from Geysir (which itself is derived from the Icelandic verb gjósa meaning to erupt. The English verb gush is probably related to that word). Geysir lies on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill at , which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 400 metres south.
Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 60 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time.
The walk from the bus to the Geysir is not too far, but it was much, much tougher than at the National Park! It wasn’t steep, but it was too slippery for most of us. Three to four of us had to hold on to each other, only to be blown away by the wind at some points. And trust me, the wind made us move at least 1-2 metres away with just one blow. Terasa kurus pulak masa tu…
And we were lucky because when we get to the geysir and as usual, busy taking pictures and all… it erupts! Wooohooooo… I just felt lucky to witness it – live!
Had buffet lunch at the restaurant and made our way to the gorgeous Gullfoss Waterfall next.
Penatla pulak… will continue later!