When we finished with Brúarfoss, it was getting dark, but we continued on, hoping to see the Haukadalur geothermal area before it got too dark. Thankfully, even in the beginning of May, the sun sets so late, that it was no problem! The sun set by 11PM, but even at that point, it was still light enough to see outside, and the sun was up again in full force by 5AM (I think, can’t say for sure, we never got up THAT early!). I was glad we decided to try the geothermal area, there were only 3 couples and 1 group of 4 walking throughout, so it was nice and peaceful.
It is a decently sized geothermal area with plenty of steam rising in the cool air, bubbling pools of water, a little bubbling geyser, and then the large erupting geyser, Strokkur. Strokkur, according to the sign post at the area’s entrance, erupts every 8-10 minutes. Not quite. It was definitely erupting more frequently than that. Every few minutes it would blow, we saw quite a few eruptions as we stood and watched it. We did notice, as we watched, every eruption was higher and higher. Finally a really tall one blew, and we decided that was good (we were freezing cold) and turned away to finish looking at the area so we could go. We got a good scare when as soon as we turned our backs, the geyser immediately blew a second time, this time just as large, if not larger than the last! An erupting geyser is quite loud and a very good scare if someone unsuspecting, has their back turned to it…
I really enjoyed the Haukadalur geothermal area, I’ve never seen one before and that was definitely a good one to start with! There are others throughout Iceland, and while I really enjoyed the Hveraröndor Hverir geothermal area (more on that to come later…), this was my favorite, mostly because of Strokkur.
Afterwards we continued another few miles down the road to see Gullfoss, a large waterfall. At this point it was cold, we simply hopped out of the car, snapped some pictures quickly, and then hopped right back into the car and headed to our hotel for the night, desperate for some warmth to heat up with!