The adventure started right there on the plane. My research indicated that if we were to see the aurora, it’s gonna happen on the flight, since for the time we were in Iceland the forecast wasn’t promising and the cloud cover was non-stop for the entire trip. I’ve been instructed to sit on the right side of the plane.
Driving for the first time in years turned out not to be a problem. Our red Mistusbish Outlander looked like a nice car. Ten minutes later we were in our hotel room in Keflavìk where we were to sleep until the morning.
Next morning we were greeted with a beautiful light from the low norhtern sun. It didn’t last - the weather in Iceland changes quickly. After a brief chat with the receptionist and pinning our home city - Novosibirsk - on the map of visitors, we headed out to the Golden Circle - a popular touristic route near Reykjavìk.
The weather was great - we only encountered a short patch of mist and some clouds, but mostly we were bathing in the golden light.
The geothermal activity here is a result of the tectonic plates drifting apart. I’ve never seen it so apparent before: geysers, hot springs, black volcanic sand, lava fields - everything in Iceland is a reminder of this power. How cool is that?
From there we headed to Gulfoss, the Golden Waterfall, although on a cloudy day we didn’t get to enjoy it’s color. But the power of the 100 tons of water per second cascading down a curved staircase is truly impressive even on a day like that.
Finally the sun was slowly setting, so we had to head to our guesthouse. Our last stop on the way was to pet the beautiful icelandic horses.
In the guesthouse we found a hot tub and a sauna. It was such a great end to such a long, beautiful day. The trip was off to a good start.