Iceland Day Two [Gullfoss, Urridafoss, Bruarfoss, Laugarvatn Fontana]
It was a beautiful start for our day 2 in Iceland as we woke up to the nature sound of Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss was not seen from the car but the powerful splashing sound of the waterfall could be heard clearly once we stepped out of the car. The public toilets were not open until 9am so we decided to walk down to the waterfall first. There are 2 levels of car park at Gullfoss. The upper level (where we parked) lets you have a panorama view of Gullfoss while the lower level lets you walk closely to the waterfall (but be prepared to get wet with the strong dash).
Upon seeing Gullfoss, we were awed by the forces and beauty of the untouched nature. The water plummets down in two stages for a length of 32 meters, then into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters height. There are many angles to capture this majestic waterfall. If you are self-traveling and would like to stay away from the crowd, try to reach there before 9am when the tour buses arrive.
After a good time spent at Gullfoss, we made our way to our next destination - Urridafoss. Many visitors often overlook this waterfall as there are more popular waterfalls along the way like Skogarfoss or Seljalandsfoss. But do you know Urridafoss is the most voluminous waterfall in the country? However, I must admit this is not the prettiest waterfall in Iceland and it is not photogenic as well. Its width makes it quite difficult to capture a good photograph of it. There were benches around Urridafoss if you wish to have lunch but it was too cold so we just snugged in our camper car for lunch. Here is a selfie of myself with Iceland's Skyr yoghurt!
Thank you to the power of Google, I got to know about this hidden gem in Iceland, Bruarfoss waterfall, which was where we headed next. I am so excited to tell you about this place! It was unexpectedly beautiful! But to get there is really, really tricky. We seriously had a hard time trying to figure where the place was. Unfortunately Google map did not direct us to the exact location. I also tried to search for blogs that described the direction but we were still stuck. We also tried to ask a few people on the road but everyone was clueless. Chris nearly gave up when we saw a couple who came out from a direction. I winded down the car window to ask, praying hard they would give us an answer, and at last! They just came back from Bruarfoss and gave us the direction to the place. Ok now, as much as I want to share the directions with you, I can't, sorry. I am really bad in directions and we were really just guessing our way through. I however took some photos of the nearby landmarks and I hope these photos would at least help you a little in searching for Bruarfoss. The main thing I remember is, look out for a summer house with a small car park when you are within the area. When you see the house, you are near. You will have to walk for a bit (on unpaved path) before you come to a woody bridge. After crossing the bridge, just follow where the sound of the waterfall leads you (Yeah, that's what I was told and we did exactly the same).
After a hell lot of twists and turns, and a path full of beautiful autumn colours, here we are, looking at this wonderful waterfall which is glowing in crystal blue colour. That beautiful view instantly made all the effort worth-while. Bruarfoss was very soon listed as one of my favourite waterfalls in Iceland.
Laugarvatn Fontana: Spa, Geothermal Baths and Steamed Saunas
I wished to stay longer but it was getting late and we had a booking with Laugarvatn Fontana so Chris had to drag me out of the place, literally, haha! By the time we arrived at Laugarvatn Fontana Wellness Spa, it was just the perfect time to relax in their geothermal pool, followed by a nice hot shower.
Located in the middle of Golden Circle, on the black beach of beautiful Laugarvatn Lake, Laugarvatn Fontana makes a perfect stop for those who visit the Golden Circle and would like to unwind after a long day. We felt very comfortable in their natural hot spring which was purely fed from the earth. The water temperature was just nice to keep us warm enough under such cold weather. They have different tubs with different temperatures and we played around with all of them. There are also natural steam rooms and a sauna room which has a big window and a spectacular view of Lake Laugarvatn is visible during day time. Apparently guests can access to the lake for a dip through a gate or by a dock steps from the sauna. There is also a beach with warm black sand which is believed to be beneficial to those suffering from arthritis and other joint illnesses.
The facilities in Laugarvatn Fontana are very new and modern as it was just recently built in year 2011. I found it offers a quintessential and a very rewarding, Iceland experience. Although I was given a complimentary entry to Laugarvatn Fontana, the experience and words are my own. Oh and did I mention I had a very good night sleep after the geothermal bath. Must be the blood circulation working well, ha!
=End of Day Two=
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That's all for my Day Two in Iceland! Do drop me a message in the comment below should you have any question, and I will get back to you ASAP. Otherwise, stay tuned for my Day Three in Iceland update!
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