Iceland Part 3: The Golden Circle

15 March 2013

This is my last Iceland post, I promise!  Our final big adventure was the Golden Circle.

The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route just over the mountains outside of Reykjavik.  We decided to take a tour bus out to see some of the famously beautiful nature of Iceland.   We had a really wonderful tour guide who was able to fill our 5 hour adventure with plenty of education about Iceland's history, geology, culture, and mythology.  Not only did we get to see some amazing sites, but we also learned so much about the country along the way!

Pretty lava swirls in Þingvellir
Our first stop was at Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is both historically and geographically fascinating as well as being beautiful. It's a spot right between the North American & Eurasian contential plates and as they drift apart, beautiful lava feilds and faults form. This is also the site of the first Icelandic parliment over a thousand years ago.  It was really a breathtaking view & it was also pretty amazing to feel like you are in such a special place.

A view over Þingvellir

Our next stop was the Gullfoss waterfall. It was beathtakingly beautiful and massive with multiple teirs of white and blue rushing water.  Some of the water had even frozen in spots and created pretty icicles   I have never seen anything like it!

Bryan & I at Gullfoss

We then stopped in the Haukadalur Valley to see some active geysers. It was a pretty amazing site to see these bubbling springs and sprays of water.

Next was the Faxi Waterfall. It was much smaller than Gullfoss, but just as beautiful!

The last stop on the tour was the Kerið volcano crater. It was this amazing vivid lake in the middle of a lava field It almost felt like we were looking into a beautiful place in a distant planet.

If you get a chance to go to Iceland, I hope you get a chance to do the Golden Circle!  It was well worth the trip!

1 comment:

  1. Wow that looks like a wonderful place to visit, I would love to go on an adventure like that one!


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