The golden circle is a very popular tour to do in Iceland and something I decided to do after my main priority – the Nothern Lights.
The Golden Circle Tour
A full day tour, it visits several cool spots, including:
We finally saw the mountains the other side of the harbour as the clouds rolled back. We were very lucky to have a clear day after the snow storm at the Blue Lagoon the day before!
After an hour or so driving we came to Pingvellir national park. It covers the area between the 2 tectonic plates, which is mostly lake covered with a frosting of snow from the previous day’s storm.
We walked down from the viewing platform to the Viking parliament plain – where the Icelandic flag was proudly fluttering in the wind.
The parliament plain overlooks the presidents summer house where he entertains fellow statesmen/women.
Can you spot the house in front of the stand of trees?!
Playing around with the sun!
Next up was Gullfloss:
Can you see the rainbow?!
View from above looking downstream
Upstream – the gold comes from how the river wears down the rock and the sediment is carried in the water making it look muddy or gold!
From the top
In action video styles – yes it was very windy out there!
This is the site of the original geyser the rest are named after…
A close up of the ice crystals that form when the geyser goes off and the water turns into steam on hitting the frigid air…
I managed to get a video of it exploding! (yes those are shrieks of surprise, it was very erratic going off)
Up next was our bonus stop – Skálholt cathedral, the seat of the Icelandic bishops
Close up of the vibrant stained glass.
Skálholt also has a traditional turf hut you can go inside of and artefacts from archeological digs are kept in the museum in the basement – you can still use the old tunnel to exit, apparently it kept the bishop out of the cold going from his house to the Cathedral!
The best but for horse lovers is that you get to meet the horses after the show and get your picture taken with them!
After a swift beer in the bar we were back on the bus and into Reykjavik – the tour was complete.