Well, hello there.
Today’s blog is more of a travel/holiday post, I guess. It won’t contain anything about politics and all that jazz, so, in theory, should be a relatively easy read. Hopefully.
So, yes, Iceland.
I was recently fortunate enough to be able to visit Reykjavik for a few days; I returned yesterday, in love with the natural landscape that is so unique to the country. Today, I will be talking about, and showing you, a few of the highlights.
I will begin with talking about the Glacial Walk.
Firstly, they trusted me with an ice hack. As someone who is unable to pour water from a jug into a glass without wreaking havoc, I was shocked at having been given this responsibility. Honestly, getting given that ice hack gave me an adrenaline rush powerful enough to last a month.
Below, is a picture of me, feeling a little too powerful with an ice hack in my hands.
I felt like Steve from Minecraft.
The views that we were rewarded with during this two-hour-trek were absolutely phenomenal; there were mountains for as far as the ice could sea. (haha, nice one me), and the ice was a curious substance; not a pure, white one as one may imagine, but a more gloomy black colour, due to the ash from volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull.
Now, if you need help pronouncing that, it’s pronounced ‘K-AT-LUH’. Difficult, I know.
One of my favourite moments on this walk was being told that the ice was so clear, and so filtered, that we were, in fact, able to eat it. Now, as someone who always has to eat all the ice cubes in any drink, I was ecstatic, to say the least. Joking aside, however, it really was incredible to taste how perfect this ice/water was, thanks to nature itself; no chemicals, no machinery, nothing, just a bunch of rocks filtering some water. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Now, onto the waterfalls.
Iceland did not fail us on the waterfall front.
The waterfalls that we visited were: Seljalandsfoss (top left), Skogafosss (top right) and Gulfoss (bottom).
Unfortunately, at Seljalandfoss, we were unable to walk behind or up to the waterfall, however, in my opinion, we did not need to, as seeing it from the base really did open our eyes to the sheer size of the monster; it soon became immediately clear how powerful this 60-metre-high beast was, as its spray pounded the water, showing no mercy. The water in this fall was crystal – clear, and I am now aware that this is due to the fact it originates in the volcanic glacier of Eyjafjallajökull, and the water is filtered as it travels through the Seljalandsa River.
Skogafoss required a noticeably longer hike in order to view it from the ideal angle, but it was well worth it; again, the water was shockingly powerful; beating down on the surface beneath it. Somehow, this angry, ferocious water was peaceful, relaxing and beautiful to watch.
Then, finally, we visited Gulfoss. This particular waterfall is different from the aforementioned, due to the fact it is technically made up of two different waterfalls, merging into one huge body of water. With an average discharge rate of 140 cubic metres per second, this raging waterfall was fascinating to watch. Served with a sprinkle of ice and snow, the scene before us was undoubtedly stunning. In order to preserve this absolute gem, the government put the waterfall into permanent conservation in the year 1979, and rightly so; it is absolutely gorgeous.
And then, there were the geysers.
Springs of water at 100 degrees celsius, thrusted up into the sky, in some cases, 30 metres high. It is difficult to explain the sensation of watching these geysers do their thing, as it is so unique. However, I would best describe it as witnessing your friend eventually lose their temper, after winding them up for ten minutes or so. Both satisfying and a little terrifying.
All in all, this trip was exhilarating. We managed to see so many of the earth’s natural attractions, and have seen planet earth at its finest; almost untouched by us destructive creatures. Sadly, we were informed that there is overwhelming evidence of global warming, as the glaciers are melting at an increasing rate, yet people such as good old Donald refuse to accept it. Having now been there, I realise more than ever just how real global warming actually is, and how damaging it is, too.
I hope you have enjoyed witnessing me going through my ‘travel blogger’ phase,
Until next time.