Iceland - The Golden Circle (Part 2)

Our next stop on the route was Gullfoss Waterfall. 

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall is another must-see tourist attraction on the Golden Circle. If you are there in winter, you will definitely need your walking boots and a waterproof case for your camera. I thought the spray would be ok on mine, but it was so cold it froze! I would also recommend a soft lens wipe - soggy tissues can end up making more mess. 


Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Iceland Gullfoss Waterfall snow winter

Gullfoss waterfall is where you can ride snow mobiles on a nearby glacier - it's quite expensive but we didn't have time to fit it in to our schedule. There is a lovely little cafe nearby where you can dry out before driving on - the lamb stew is incredible and you get free refills!


Icelandic Horse Riding

The next stop on our tour was to drive out in to the country, to a small retreat called Hestheimar. We were hoping to see the lights here but we weren't lucky this time around. 

The main attraction of Hestheimar is that it is a stables where you can ride the ponies through the countryside. It was -5 when we went out, so loads of thermals are a must. 

Iceland Hestheimar horse riding

Iceland Hestheimar horse riding

Iceland Hestheimar horse riding

Iceland Hestheimar horse riding


Iceland Hestheimar horse riding


Iceland Hestheimar horse riding

Icelandic people take great pride in their horses and they are expertly cared for. The government has even banned all betting in relation to horses. The guides at Hestheimar were fantastic, with experiences available for all abilities - even me as a complete first-timer! 


Iceland Hestheimar horse riding

We didn't get any good photos on the horses as it was too cold to get out a camera so this is just a quick one taken on someone's phone. 

Iceland Hestheimar horse riding

Tips and Essentials

  • If you are going to be outside for a long period of time, especially in -5, invest in a really good pair of waterproof gloves or mittens. I got a cheap pair in the sales and after 1 hour on the horse my hands were so cold I couldn't move them. 

6 comments :

  1. These pictures are absolutely amazing! Iceland is a beautiful destination!
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    1. Thank you Adria! Everywhere is just so beautiful - I would definitely recommend going :)
      Hannah x

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  2. Incredible photos! I visited Iceland two years ago and it was one of the most magical places. I was where you're standing by Gulfoss - brings back so many memories!

    x Sarah
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    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thank you. Amazing that you have been too! It really is so beautiful. I would love to go back in the summer and see what it looks like then :)
      Hannah x

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  3. I can't believe those are real horses! They look like stuffed animals. Looks like such a neat visit.

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    1. Hi Whitney,
      They really are like fluffy ponies - and so gentle too. I don't usually like horses but these were lovely :)
      Hannah

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