Today’s drive really felt like the coming of the end of our incredible trip. The feeling of familiarity is comforting and relieving yet saddening (we drove through some of these roads on day zero and 1, remember?).
In the morning, we headed to the famous thermal river / hot spring that lay near the town of Hveragerði.
Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River, is said to be “a delightful geothermal valley where there’s a hot river you can bathe in…. it’s a 3km hike through fields of Sulphur-belching plains”. Let me just state the obvious, this is not simply a 3.5km hike. It is an undulating mountainous hike that takes about 2 hours one way with your thighs pounding the entire way. Here in Australia, it would’ve be graded “difficult” at the very least. And with a toddler on the back it makes it a hike the S.A.S could adopt for their acceptance program.
With that out of that way, it was an absolute stunning day to be out hiking in Iceland, and to cap it off, with some time in a thermal river, it was exquisite and well worth that pain of the hike.
On the way back to Grindavík we stopped by two of the 3 most visited places in Iceland (Gullfoss and Geyser), first stop: the original GEYSIR. Strokurr Geysir. Not much to describe here, just go witness it yourself. Strokurr is Icelandic for “churn” (Thanks Wikipedia It’s a geyser, what more?)
Next was Gullfoss, the cascading waterfall. After Svartifoss and Dettifoss, I would deem it as “nice” and “fun”, and was a bit more relaxing and less terrifying for Mr Toddler, so all in all a positive visit.
As we wrapped up the day it was refreshing to see Grindavík again. We had also just missed the fishermen’s festival and the town was dressed in orange..
That evening the cold was coming back to bite our bones, and just as the universe would have it, the park manager came around to collect the nightly rate. And after nosing around the beautiful kitchen and offices, I had the curiosity to ask what was upstairs and the kind park manager said it was an emergency loft for families in case of loss of heating in the car or caravan. Just as it happened we lucked out; it was available for the night, and he said we could use it with our little guy! WIN WIN!
It set us up beautifully for the night, our last official night in Iceland. It is some much needed respite from the chill so we can be refreshed for the morning dip in the Blue Lagoon on Day 8.
The day’s total travelling equalled 233 kilometres over 2 hours and 56 minutes.