October is here… a great time to explore the ultimate tourist trail in Iceland = the Golden Circle!
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular day tours in Iceland and is well known to every Icelander. If you are visiting Iceland for the first time, you Definitely a convenient place to start when you first visit Iceland.
It is relatively easy to drive yourself, the roads are usually well maintained any season. We recommend adding a few extra stops on your Golden Circle route, that is to say, if you have a little more time to spend 🙂
The leading stars of the show: Þingvellir, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss:
The Icelandic Parliament was founded here in 930 and without a doubt, Þingvellir is the most important places to visit in Iceland. Not only just for its cultural and historical values, but also for its dramatic geology and spectacular landscape. It is located in a split valley directly between North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, making it one of the few places in the world where you can actually walk between the continents – quite amazing right?
Feeling wanderlust? You might then want to do some snorkeling in Silfra. Silfra is filled with clear glacial meltwater from the nearby Langjökull glacier and is remarkably the only place in the world where you can dive or snorkel directly in rift between two tectonic plates. **Please note that snorkeling and diving activities are subject to rules and regulations set by the national park authorities.**
Geysir Geothermal Area
This hot spring heaven is in Haukadalur Valley and is the home to a famous Geysir.
Thought Geysir is currently in a phase of inactivity, its neighbour Strokkur more than makes up for it. In every approx. 5 to 10 minutes, it blasts pillar of boiling water to heights that can reach over 40 metres (!) The surrounding area is marked with fumaroles, mud-pits and hot springs. Across the road you can find a hotel, restaurant, cafe and a gift shop.
The „Golden Waterfall“ is one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, falling 32 metres in two “lines” into the river ravine of the popular rafting river Hvítá. This iconic waterfall offers a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. It is just around 10 minute drive from Geysir.
On your way back to Reykjavík
Get off the beaten path: make sure to stop by the crater Kerið. This scenic lake occupies a volcanic crater approx. 3,000 years old & is reachable by foot and takes about an hour to walk all the way around it. Breathtaking!
-> Golden Circle by bus: check out for tours here.
Photo: From Visit South Iceland.