After sharing my experience of trying to get the perfect shot of Strokkur, a geyser at Haukadalur, and my failure to do so, today I want to talk about the geyser park in general. When I first read about it I was super excited. As a kid, we went to Yellowstone almost every summer. And even though the geysers were not my favorite part since they stink, I still enjoyed seeing them. And if you’ve never smelled a geyser, trust me, if you have a sensitive nose you may not like it. The mud pots got to me the most. Nevertheless, I was still excited to see more geysers. And to see them in Iceland—that’s even cooler in my book. By the way, the hot water in the country is heated using geothermal water and each time I showered it smelled like a geyser. The water is perfectly safe to shower in and to drink. Not that I drink my shower water.
What struck me first was how small the park is. I should have guessed this since Iceland is not that big to begin with. I’m not saying I wouldn’t recommend it. In fact I do. I’m just saying, it’s nothing like Yellowstone so be prepared. And it’s just off the highway. You can see most of it from your car if you don’t want to get out. Why you would do this I’m not sure.
We crossed the street and started to explore. Here are some photos.
I noticed people hiking to the top, so I had to as well.
The better half wasn’t enjoying the cold and the wind. When it got muddy, well, I was on my own.
The view of the geysers from above was beautiful.
A good time to blow one’s nose.
And here’s the view of the other side. No geysers, but horses. When I rejoined the better half I said, “You missed seeing some horses.” I got the so what I grew up on a ranch look. I grew up in a city and hardly ever saw horses so I was excited. And I hardly ever see Icelandic horses.
Time to head back to the bus for our final stop of the tour: the national park Pingvellir.
This next bit has nothing to do with geysers or horses. Regann wrote a wonderful review for my novel, A Woman Lost. Also, she’s hosting a giveaway. Hop on over for a chance to win an ebook copy of A Woman Lost. The giveaway ends in two days.