I woke up for my third day in Iceland to blizzard conditions. The wind was whipping snow and sleet like I have never seen before– it was literally horizontal to the ground like how you only usually see depicted in the movies. Despite the conditions, I was still going to go out and do my thing, which today was the Golden Circle Tour.
*cough* Did I say the word “tour?” – Yes, unfortunately, and I know this completely breaks my travel philosophy, but hey, rules can be broken sometimes – especially when you’re traveling alone, didn’t rent a car, and find yourself in a country as remote as Iceland.
But popular tour or not (The Golden Circle is the most popular in Iceland), poor weather and all, the sites were still incredible. The best of the day was certainly Strokkur Geysir (or Geyser in English) which is a boiling pot of natural geothermal water. It’s a hole in the ground really, with water so hot (212 F to be exact) that it slowly builds up pressure underground, forms a pulsing bubble at the surface as the pressure climbs, begins to release steam, and finally bursts through the bubble of water and erupts into the air. Strokkur in particular is famous for doing this every five to eight minutes for all twenty-four hours in a day.
Here are some photos that I captured of Strokkur Geysir during a calm in the day’s storm.
That’s what I have of Strokkur Geysir, a spectacular show in Iceland which I highly recommend!
On an off-note –
For those of you who are into different foods in different countries –
Tonight’s Icelandic meal included:
Appetizer – Raw, but smoked bits of Puffin breast served over arugula lettuce and spiced (not hot, more flavored) sauce.
Main Course – Grilled Puffin breast served with baked potato and grilled vegetables, again a strange (but tasty) sauce served over all of it.
Desert – Icelandic Skyr (or very thick strained yogurt) served with strawberry sorbet, fresh strawberries, and fresh blueberries.
Although at first hesitant, I have to admit, the appetizer was my favorite part to the meal.
– Nate, from Iceland.