Meet the famous Geysir and Gulfoss

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After a good night sleep, we had some breakfast (got the pickled herring, sild, in the supermarket...happy days) and then off to see the famous Geysir and Gulfoss.

Geysir is the oldest known geyser but it rarely erupts these days. You can see a big puddle of water bubbling along. Apparently, you can force an eruption by adding soap and this is done for special occasions. Strokkur is another geyser nearby, which erupts more frequently but apparently not as impressive as Geysir once was. We still thought it was quite impressive and I enyoyed it a lot. It was very busy around this area, as it is a tourist hotspot. It is only about 1 hour drive from Reykjavik, so lots of daytours would come to this area.

If you want your peace, come very early. I assume the summer months will be crazy!

After a good wander around, we drove another 10 minutes to Gulfoss. There is a tourist information centre there, that shows a film (we didn't watch it) and they have a small cafe there as well. I guarantee it will be pricey, we didn't stop there at all. Gulfoss is breathtaking! A huge waterfall. Again, lots of tourists were swarming about...a change from the loneliness the past few days. We couldn't walk close up to the waterfall because the path was frozen over and it was too dangerous to walk on it. We tried a few steps but we were falling around the place and decided it's not worth it!

Despite the masses of tourists, it is worth a visit. You can't miss Geysir and Gulfoss, if you are in Iceland! We really enjoyed the visit.

Needless to say, that we were looking forward to our hot tub that evening :)

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