We headed to the coldest part of our entire trip. That’s right, colder than searching for the Northern Lights at 2am, colder than horseback riding on the tundra, colder than dog sledding…. The Golden Circle Tour continued on from the Thermal Power Plant to the Gulfloss Waterfall. This popular waterfall is more powerful than Niagra Falls! It curves & falls in three different stages. The average amount of water running down the waterfall during the summer is 140 cubic metres per second in the summer, but drops down to 80 cubic metres per second in the winter due to all of that ice! The wind cut across the icy water with such strength that I saw people sliding backwards & all attempts by photographers to use tripods failed. None could stand up to the wind!

The pathway down to the waterfall was closed due to ice so we admired from a distance!

The wind cutting across the frozen waterfall made this the coldest I ever was on the trip. I stayed out as long as I could then retreated into the cafe & shop while Ben continued photographing.

From the waterfall, we headed a short ways down the Golden Circle road to Haukadalur, a geothermal area about 60km away from Þingvellir National Park. There are two famous geysers here called Geysir and Strokkur. In fact the general term geyser was named after this particular one in Iceland.

The geyser sprayed water everywhere making walking quite treacherous!

Good thing the view was worth it!

As our tour headed onto the next stop, we were grateful to be riding with a safe driver rather than out in this snow by ourselves. Not everyone was as lucky!

The drive took us past more of the Icelandic horses, which I loved!

Check back tomorrow for “Travel Thursday” as we wrap up the Golden Circle Tour by walking the Continental Divide & seeing the Icelandic Fjords!

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