I went to Iceland on January 2015 during the winter in the hope to increase the chance of seeing the Northern Lights. I knew I won’t get any great landscape photo full with green color, but I was still excited anyway. I live in tropical country, and I was looking forward to having a winter experience. Of course, I wasn’t exactly as I expected. Despite of full of winter clothing and wear preparation, the below-zero-degree still had its impact on me and I walked trembling each of every steps that I took. And despite reading many tips on facing winter, I still had many lesson learned during the trip, such as buy hand gloves that exactly match your finger and has a special tip so you can still take photographs without putting them off, walk slowly so you won’t get slipped and uplifted to the air like those falls in Cartoon movie ;)
The day I took the Golden Circle tour, I was picked up around 8:30 am. It was quite afternoon considering other tour may starts around 7 or 8 am. But it makes sense somehow, considering the sun during that winter did not shine until 11 am and set about 3 pm.
Heater that comes from the inside of the bus warmed me as the bus took us to our first destination, Hellisheiðarvirkjun, the Iceland Geothermal Plant.
Things to be noted were the walkways. It was too icy and slippery. I walked slowly and carefully in anticipation from epic fall like those in cartoon movie. I didn’t want to be swallowed by the waterfall as well. Suffice to say, I was too consumed with the icy weather’s effect on me.
The geyser was in open area, so everyone just watched from the safe distance and wait before it erupted. I waited for about 10 minutes before it slowly erupted. First it would just a bubble emerge from the hole, but it soon turned to jets and spurted out boiling water to the sky about 1 meter before it vanished again. It went like that for several time with the jets getting higher and higher before it actually erupted high about 10-20 meters to the sky.