Iceland (day 1)

October 2017

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. 

 When we saw the green dancing streaks of light, I was happy as a child. 

When we saw the green dancing streaks of light, I was happy as a child. 

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. 

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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. 

  Þingvallavatn, the largest lake of Iceland

Þingvallavatn, the largest lake of Iceland

 On the way to Öxarárfoss waterfall

On the way to Öxarárfoss waterfall

 Öxarárfoss

Öxarárfoss

 View of geotermal activity in Þingvellir National Park

View of geotermal activity in Þingvellir National Park

The weather was great - we only encountered a short patch of mist and some clouds, but mostly we were bathing in the golden light.  

 One of the geysers in Geysir area

One of the geysers in Geysir area

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?

 Boiling water in a baby geyser

Boiling water in a baby geyser

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. 

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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. 

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 Anna petting a horse

Anna petting a horse

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.