Strokkur and Gullfoss, Iceland

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Opposite the rental cottage, is the national park of Pingvellir, early in the morning I went for my walk and came upon this gate.  The forest look so peaceful and beautiful with Autumn colors and mist and at the side of the walking tracks where there are gravestones. Came upon this open gate and it seen to invite you to walk through this “Gate”. To me it represent two choices, Heaven or Hell and do I dare to step through it. I didn’t dare to walk through, so packed up and go back to the cottage.

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Strokkur  is a fountain geyser in the geothermal area beside the Hvita River  in Iceland, in the southwest part of the country, east of  Reykjavik.  It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting about every 4–8 minutes 15 – 20 m high, sometimes up to 40 m high. Standing in front of Stokkur and waiting for it to erupt was  fascinating, to stand there and suddenly the hot water (Geysers) erupted from the ground and soaring about 40 m high.  There is rope barrier around this Geyser so that tourists won’t walk too near to it. It is dangerous but it seen the spray was contained within the rope barrier.

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Utterly speechless to see this awesome sight,  to think how the people living in this country working and staying side by side with this nature, not knowing when it is going to erupt.  The farmers flourish in this rich and fertile soil from these volcanic lands It is a must to view this sight if you are in Iceland for holiday.

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After 2 hours at Strokkur we drove to Gullfoss. Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon  of Hvita river in southwest Iceland. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

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The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (66 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s.

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The water vapours  from the waterfall, formed irregular shapes of ice onto the grasses on the hills. The white sparkling ices looks like diamond on the white carpet. This waterfall is so strong and powerful, the governments used the power made by the waterfall to create energy.

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Together with Þingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur, Gullfoss forms the Golden Circle, a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland.


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