Jonas contacted us the day before our scheduled white night hike to tell us there was a lot of rain along the hiking trail and it was muddy and slippery. He asked if we would mind going on a different hike to see 2 lava caves and then going to a different geothermal pool. I was definitely OK with it so off we went, the rain was coming down pretty good and it was very dark overcast so the visibility was not great. We drove to the first cave, about a 1/2 hour outside the city. It was interesting to see, but not the coolest thing I had seen this week. The second cave was another 1/2 hour away, it was a little more interesting only because I remember the Batman scene that was filmed there. We then headed for the pool, first stopping at a small store to get some snacks. I remember thinking I wasn't that impressed with the caves and the tour to that point. What happened after completely changed that whole thought process...
By the time we get to the pool, it is really raining hard, the wind is howling, and the temperature dropped a few more degrees. We all get into our bathing suits and blindly head over this small hill. We are frigid at this point, and finally get into a small stream that is just above our ankles, but toasty warm. We then single file climb up the stream to the source which is this pool about 15 feet long, 5 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Aside from the mouth that pours into the stream, the other 3 walls are rock walls that are about 6 feet high. So when to get deep into the pool, you are surrounded/barricaded from the elements while soaking in the most heavenly warm bath water you have ever felt. Jonas then brings down some wine and we sat in there for close to 3 hours. Some of us bravely/idiotically would jump out and go exploring with a flashlight only to quickly come back seeking the comfort of the pool. After those 3 hours, we 1 by 1 would take turns to head back to the small shack next to the car to get changed. Jonas had sandwiches and hot chocolate waiting for us, which tasted so good at that point. We were warm, dry, and full (maybe a little drunk) and headed back.
Jonas was an extremely accomodating guide. He knows so many trails, pools, caves. He can roll with any hiccups that might arise. He has a great sense of humor and very funny political/societal opinions as well. I wholeheartedly recommend.
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