Booking a tour was the best thing we could have done. We booked our tour HERE and had the absolute best tour guide name Bjorn. He was hilarious, easy to talk to, very insightful, and made the trip so enjoyable. He picked us up along with 14 other tourists and away we went.
- First stop of the day: Þingvellir National Park
At Þingvellir – literally “Parliament Plains” – the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders. MORE HERE
The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian. MORE HERE
2. Second stop of the day: Efstidalur Farm for the best Icelandic Ice Cream
3. Third Stop of the Day: Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. MORE HERE
4. Fourth Stop: Geysir Hot Spring
A favorite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes. The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot water blow holes. MORE HERE
5. En Route to 5th Stop: Icelandic Horses
These beautiful horses can be seen all over the Icelandic countryside. I asked Bjorn if we could find some to take pictures of and he pulled the bus over on the side of the highway and here they are…
6. Fifth Stop: Secret Lagoon Hot Spring Nature Bath
The Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir and are in the Golden Circle area. The pool’s natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year. MORE HERE
This was such a fun day exploring and learning. If you go to Iceland you HAVE to book a Golden Circle tour.