Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Iceland - Gulfoss

August 7, 2013

Distance: 0.6 miles?
Time: ?
Year to date miles: 203.7

Driving directions: Route 36, east of Laugarvatn

Map: None needed - it is a very small area. Just follow the crowd.

Parking:N64 19.498 W20 07.514

More info: Gullfoss Waterfall

Restrooms: Not sure

Parking: Tons, on the same side.

Hiking Directions: There is a map at the site. Again this isn't a hike - no directions needed

Gulfoss would be best on a sunny day, as you can often see a rainbow. We hit it on a cloudy day. It is a very impressive sized waterfall!

Today's experiment with candy: OPAL - Sykurlaus. I chose it for it's catchy bulls eye packaging. It is described as menthol flavored. Hmm. Thinking cross between licorice/menthol. I used to eat something like this in Sweden as a child. Sort of reminds me of cough drops.

Lodging after: Laugarvatn Hostel

In the evening we stayed at the Laugarvatn Hostel, which is a very nice hostel. We were in a private room, with our own bathroom. We provided our own bedding, but bedding could be rented. Having a private bathroom in Iceland is NOT a given. Private rooms in hostels are still moderately expensive, but cheaper than guesthouses and hotels. There was a kitchen down the hall from our room which was a major plus! The kitchen comes equipped with everything you need, you just need to provide your food and clean up after yourself. There is also a refrigerator in the kitchen. The receptionist there was very friendly. I also enjoyed mealtime, as we got to talk to other visitors from rural Alaska, Switzerland, and Belgium. That is one of the benefits of common kitchens - more interactions with other people compared to guesthouses (unless the guesthouse had a kitchen) or a hotel. The  hostel was quiet, and I would definitely stay there again.

Map of the area

Getting prepared to get wet!

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