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Published: August 4th 2010
Hverageroi hike (thermal river)
Between 40-50deg depending where laying.. Perfect in the rain..
What a great day we had to start the outdoors of Iceland! We were up early and into the city to pick up a fellow CS’er who had agreed to join us on our trip for the first few days. We headed out and our first stop was Geysir (the blow hole) and we did get a surprise here. With all the other tourists we were very excited to see it in full action and waited then a little puff of water came up no more the five meters high. We were thinking at this stage ‘this is not that exciting’ then we were walking around and a massive gush of water went flying up around 30-40 meters in the air and this was impressive. The water flys up every 5-6 minutes and the crowd is extremely excited for each time and with warmhot water flowing around from the ground. A great spot!
From here we wnt to the the most famous waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss. This place is impressive with the powerful waterfull. One thing we found that it still seems to be pretty wild even with all the tourists. Instead of the usual roped of areas and maybe
paying to get in to see, here you can walk right up to the edge, look over and at the same time getting soaked by the mist without anyone yelling or panicking. Another great spot!
So with the two most famous land marks done we headed of to try and get away from the tourist which seemed quite easy. We headed onto a detour rd and headed inland more which was the best thing we done by far. Soon we were by ourselves in some land that looked like the moon. No plants, black and white volcanic rooks everywhere and the most active volcano (Hekla) in Europe in the background. It is like a desert with the occasional massive wild river flowing through. It was very different landscape indeed. So this detour took us around three hours and then we headed to a hike which we planned in a town called Hverageroi.
Now we thought our day could not get better but this hike was simply amazing. We headed of up into the hills and and greeted by steaming vents and bubbling mud along the path. The main reason for this hike was to make it to a
river which you can bath in but we were surprised by even this. The water is coming from two streams, one hot and one cold to make the perfect temperature. Well you can really choose how hot you would like the water to be by going from one side of the river to the other to choose. It is between 30-45 deg and so amazing nice since we were by ourselves, cold outside and in the hills with sheep running around, it was wonderful! Oh and on the way back we walked a different way and come across a bubbling mud pot around 10m by 3m with steam flying everywhere!
Well this is at about 9pm by this stage so looking for a camp site time and we parked ourselves hidden away from the town (illegal to camp) lit a fire and had a great meal to finish of an amazing day! It will be very difficult to get close to this day again during our Iceland trip, we think the hike was the highlight of this day even better than the ‘big two’ in Iceland simply because the three of us were by ourselves in complete wilderness having
hot water flowing over us.
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