The next morning in Iceland I woke up bright and early eager to visit Geysir hot spring, Strokkur and Gullfoss waterfall in The Golden Circle of Iceland but I found myself also strangely kinda frustrated.
Like how could we have gotten the hike to the volcano the day before so wrong?
It took all of 5 minutes of reading to realise where we’d gone wrong.
For starters, we hadn’t realised that there were two paths you could go on for this hike.
Also, the path we drove in from Reykjavik meant that the first car park we saw was the one that takes you further away from the volcano.
If we had come in via the other way, we’d have stopped at the correct car park.
Hard as the hike was the day before, I decided we would just have to redo it.
And this is a big deal for me because I can’t say I particularly enjoy hiking. Haha! Especially when it’s got such a steep incline.
Actually, I take that back.
This trip made me realise how much I love hiking, just not when I have to do it in large groups and attempt to keep up.
I like to hike relatively slowly and take my time to appreciate everything around me.
When you do it in a huge group it’s very easy to find yourself trying to play catch up with the fastest person in the group and so much of my energy is spent doing that instead of appreciating the hike that I’m on.
And not to mention the fact I would then carry a heavy camera, huge lenses and extra gear all before adding a huge water bottle and snacks.
It was like carrying a small child on my back to go hiking with so that made things a lot trickier.
These days, I’ve decided I’d only do it with my phone and at best maybe a light camera.
Anyway so it was decided that the hike would have to be re-attempted but my feet still hurt from the hike the day before so I figured we’d leave that hike till later in the day.
Thankfully as it’s summer time in Iceland, the sun doesn’t really set so the hike could be left off till much later in the day.
The plans for this morning would be to go to an old favourite in Iceland – Geysir.
Geysir is informally the name of the general area where geysers erupt but is actually the name of a huge geyser which used to erupt quite frequently but now only…