When wondering through Bali its not hard to get lost in all its rice fields and terraces but there is one in particular that is a must to get lost in. The Tegalalang Rice terraces will leave you breathless from the moment you set eye upon it. As I walked down the hill more and more depth seemed to appear through the palms. The landscape is stunning and you can have the most amazing hike up the rice terraces.
The higher you get the more stunning the view becomes. From endless rice terraces and palm trees to getting lost in the jungle, you will absolute love the whole experience.
When walking through the terraces you may get stopped a few times by locals claiming that you need to pay to continue walking through the fields. However this is not true, you don’t have to pay anything – they are just trying to get some money. The only time you will have to make a donation is at the first stop after about 5 min into your walk. Here you will find a barrier and someone asking you to pay a donation.
Also, the landscape is beautiful but very rocky and muddy at some points so make sure to wear some comfortable shoes.
How to find it
You can visit the Tegalalang rice terraces every day from 7am until 7pm and the address is Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali. On a good day its only about a 15 min bike or car ride from Ubud centre (depending on traffic).
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Drops were gently falling from the sky. I looked up, the views kept changing. A river appears in the distance, steam is hovering over the water. We are getting closer.
If you want to experience something amazing, something that brings you close to nature. Makes you feel or see things you have never seen or felt before. Then this is a place you HAVE to visit when going to the south of Iceland.
Reykjadalur, also called the ‘Steam Valley’, is a place hidden in the middle of the hills. After about a 3 km hike witnessing the most beautiful views you find yourself getting closer to the water and slowly getting surrounded by clouds of steam. At the end of the path you find hot water streams flowing down the hill. When you finally arrive after the challenging hike you will want nothing more than to strip down and relax in the hot water.
Of all the amazing places we visited in Iceland I believe this was one of the most memorable places we have been to. I am honestly telling you to go and experience it for yourself, and you will know exactly what I mean!
While we were hiking up the rain got heavier and heavier, but even when the rain is pouring down it creates something magical. While you are enjoying the hot water and your body is warm you can feel the cold water drops dripping on your face. The contrast between the two creates a balance that is beautiful. It’s truly a magical place.
A small tip on how to get there: Drive straight through the town of Hveragerði to reach a gravel road that leads to Reykjadalur. Once you park the car, it’s about a 50 min hike to reach the first spots warm enough for dipping in. The further you follow the stream, the warmer the water gets! When you get to the end of the path you will find an untouched natural hot stream in which you can lean back on the edge in the water and enjoy the view of the beautiful and pure mother nature!
I slowly open my eyes, the sun is peaking through the curtains. It was hard to wake up, feeling uncoordinated. You see, the nights don’t get fully dark in May. So it could be 9 o clock in the morning, but also 3, which really messes with your head in the beginning! What is going to wake me up? A coffee? Sure. But what I really need is a shower or a bath, and whats a better way to take a bath than taking one in nature!
Landbrotalaug is a tiny hidden hot spring in Snæfellsnes peninsula. You must hike to find it and really keep an eye out as you might overlook it! The temperature of the pool is around 40°C, which makes it perfect for bathing. It can also perfectly fit 2 people, which makes it extremely romantic! I mean what a better place to take your date as to a natural private bath for two with the most insane view! – 100% the girl will fall for you!! (Just make sure to find the spot before and not get lost, that would probably decrease that 100% success rate..)
As it is a hard place to find here are the GPS coordinates: N64°49.933 W22°19.110. – Now go find yourself a girl and go!
After our morning bath we decided to drive further to the west of the island. We stopped at a waterfall named Kirkjufellsfoss. This is a very popular destination but also extremely beautiful. A tip that I do need to give you is to visit this place either very early in the morning or later at night. It gets rather crowded due to its beauty. So you need to take the time to see this, and it would be a shame having to many tourists around you. – Especially for the picture!
For the extreme sport lovers you can also hike up the Kirkjufell mountain. However, I do advise the more advanced hikers to take on this challenge as it can be very dangerous.
We then got back on the road and out of nowhere we decided to stop at a parking next to the road. Extremely long stairs were climbing up a mountain, which we decided to follow. And we definitely do not regret that we did! When arriving at the top we discovered that we had been climbing a volcano, which overlooked another erupted volcano. The sun was going down, nowhere a car or people to be seen or heard. I don’t think you can experience these kind of moments anywhere in the world. Iceland you have a special place in my heart!