I know I've posted a bunch of pictures from Gulfoss from various other trips, but none of them have been this snowy!
We walked around to check out the view, then made our way up the steps to the shop at the top of the hill...
We started to head back out of the area toward the hotel. Since we had to drive right past Geysir anyway, we figured we might as well stop for a few minutes. All we were missing from the Golden Circle was Thingvellir, but that was a little too far away for this trip.
We got in the car and kept driving. We had hoped to stop at the tomato greenhouse from our last trip to buy some tasty cucumber relish, but they were closed and we missed them by less than 10 minutes! (If only we had skipped watching the last eruption haha.) We kept driving through a bit of snow and sleet, and eventually wound up at our next stop: Hotel Ranga.
We each had a glass of wine, then went to the hotel's restaurant for a fantastic dinner. The owner of the hotel was walking around, greeting all of the guests, and the food was delicious. We were just finishing up when we heard someone clinking a wine glass. It was the owner, standing near the entrance to the restaurant. "Ok, everybody, leave your tables as they are and come outside; you can come back to finish in a minute. There are Northern Lights!"
We hung out in the hot tub for a little while, then went back inside to get cleaned up. I took a steamy hot bath in the huge tub and used all their good smelly bath gels and salts, then we decided to go check out the bar.