The Golden Circle is one of the most popular routes in Iceland which brings you to experience not only Iceland’s nature, but also her geology and history. We will cover Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park where Viking settlers stood centuries ago to edict national laws, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss, the spectacular golden waterfall.
Þingvellir National Park is where the oldest parliament was founded in the world over 1000 years ago. Many crucial events in Icelandic history took place here and it is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here you will also see how the earth is ever so slowly pulling apart along the North American and Eurasian tectonic fault line.
At the Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur, you can see geysers, hot springs, steam vents and eerie blue algae. Although the Great Geysir itself is relatively dormant, Strokkur, also being one of the largest and most powerful geysers, erupts almost every 5 minutes with a usual height of 15-20m.
Gullfoss waterfall, which many consider to be the queen of Icelandic waterfalls, as it is both high and mighty and stumbles in a deep gorge. Gullfoss is in fact 2 separate waterfalls, the upper one has a 11m drop and the lower one with 21m, beautifully angled creating a dramatic cascade.
It is possible to stop by Kerið (Kerid) crater, a volcanic crater lake and Faxi, a wide and serene waterfall nearby. Or have a quick lunch at Friðheimar (Fridheimar), a greenhouse cultivation center where pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers are grown with the aid of geothermal power in Iceland.
For the adventurous travellers, we recommend a super jeep tour up to Langjökull (Langjokull), the second largest glacier in Iceland through some rough terrain. You will enjoy the landscape from your super jeep while occasionally stopping to incredible sights. On Langjökull glacier there is also the option to take a snowmobile adventure.
Another adventure we would recommend is a drysuit snorkeling along the beautiful Silfra fissure, where you will find one of the clearest water in the world. The fissure was created by the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Glacial water that has been filtered underground through porous lava rock fills the fissure, with up to 120m of visibility. Remember to drink some Silfra water while you are snorkeling.
For those who like both speed and animals, we suggest an ATV adventure through a privately owned ranch, where you can not only get close to the adorable Icelandic horses, but also roam through a secret path to the other side of Gullfoss waterfall for a unique view!
Tour length is from 8 hrs.