Wednesday, November 8, 2017

North Iceland: Godafoss, Myvatn Baths and Hverir [Part 6]

The fourth day in Iceland was filled with natural wonders. From the strange to the unusual. Iceland is unpredictable. You can read about these places as much as you want, but until you are there, you never know what you are in for. We had a longer drive this day to our final destination, which was Eglistadir, but until we got there we had our minds blown on a regular schedule. First up was the waterfall of the gods: Godafoss, with its impressive strength and charming rainbows. The second thing was a gateway to hell as I like to call it: Hverir, sulfuric gas and mud pools. In the end we relaxed in the Myvatn Narture Baths, where we took a swim in hot water on 6 degree Celsius weather. Come along on this incredible journey through North Iceland.


This is the part of our road trip shown in this post:




Godafoss: Waterfall of the Gods

The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. The river has its origin deep in the Icelandic highland and runs from the highland through the Bárðardalur valley, from Sprengisandur in the Highlands. MS Goðafoss, an Icelandic ship named after the waterfall, used to transport both freight and passengers. It was sunk by a German U-Boat in World War II, resulting in great loss of life.


If you arrive here close to noon, make sure to cross over to the south side, so you won't have the sun in your face. Also the views from here are better and you can get really close to the waterfall, just be carefull, it can get slippery. I'm sure there is ice on the paths here in winter as well. Luckily for us we had sunshine!






Lunch in the middle of Nowhere

The drive to the Myvatn Nature Baths and Hverir took us through gorgeous vistas. The plains were golden and in the far distance you could see mountain peeks and vulcanos covered in snow. We saw a resting spot with a table and knew we had to have lunch there. I made us some sandwiches that morning and we ate them there, overlooking this amazing place. It was calming, relaxing and breathtakingly beautiful.



Hverir: Gateway to Hell

It's maybe a little bit harsh of me to label Hverir as a gateway to hell, but the sulfur stink that wafts into your face when you get here is nothing short but out of this world. The group had a hard time standing here, and some eventually returned to the car. I marched on, in the hope to get to the biggest source of the sulfur. Hverir is a geothermal spot noted for its bubbling pools of mud & steaming fumaroles emitting sulfuric gas. It smells of rotten eggs, but the sights are amazing nonetheless.




Myvatn Nature Baths: A Relaxing Oasis

There is often a battle between Icelands blue water pools: Blue Lagoon in the Southwest and Myvatn Nature Baths in the North. We didn't really have to think about our pick, since the Myvatn Nature Baths were on our route. They are also much more calming, fewer people, but equally exciting and healing. Hot water in Iceland has a sulfuric smell to it, since it comes from the earth that way and is all natural. So the smells in the hot water baths are a bit unusual, but actually you get used to it.



The first question you might have is: was it cold. The answer to that is: no it wasn't. Yes, you have to suck it up between showers and the pool, but once you step in the hot water feels like a blanket. There are two huge pools here. One is hotter then the other. Inside the building you can get a massage and use other spa facilities (like the geothermal spa, which is next to the pools, and also great).





The best part about the Myvatn Nature Baths are the views you get, when you swim to the edge of the pools. Nature is all around you. We looked over snow topped mountains in the far distance. It was really pleasurable and relaxing, and something that was much needed after a long drive.



Next up will be our drive to South Iceland, to the black sand beaches, viking villages and more gorgeous scenery. Stay tuned...
 


End of Part Six
To be continued...


24 comments:

  1. Wow Mersad, what another beautiful trip you've made. Gorgeous photo's too, especially the ones with the raibow over it... It must be wonderful to be able to travel that much! Wishing you much more of this kind of fun!

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / – week
    ♫ M e l d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/21-R

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very much Meldoy. We are very happy to have the opportunity to see so much of the world and we always enjoy sharing our stories.

      Delete
    2. You are welcome ;-)

      Yes I understand that after all your posts ;-) Wonderful! I am very glad for the both of you.

      Delete
  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for going! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your tour of northern Iceland. It looks amazing! :)

    With Love,
    Mandy

    ReplyDelete
  4. I would have to read all about this road trip; I would also like to do the same road trip. Your trips are amazing.

    My ABC WEDNESDAY

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lots of fun and happy travelers!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow! Spectacular waterfall and so strange to be swimming in such cold--LOL! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree with you. Even stranger is the fact that you get used to it after a while.

      Delete
  7. amazing views.I love the waterfalls.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved them as well. Such a great location.

      Delete
  8. What an impressive waterfall! And the geothermal area reminded me of Yellowstone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, they both share the same characteristics in terms of geology.

      Delete
  9. The waterfall is gorgeous! And the hot pools do look so inviting. What an interesting place Iceland must be.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It truly was. The next part takes us to the south of the country.

      Delete
  10. This looks like a wonderful adventure...

    ReplyDelete
  11. Amazing waterfalls. Loved your Iceland travel post.
    Awesome pics.
    Greetings.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow. Just wow. Feel as though I should REALLY go there!
    ROG, ABCW

    ReplyDelete

Subscribe by E-Mail for blog posts in your inbox:

Subscribe

Image Credits

All Rights are Reserved. The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of the author.