24 Apr Iceland – Golden Circle
Welcome to the Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route in Iceland that includes three main attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. It is a circular route that is easily accessible from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
An iconic adventure driving around the Golden Circle to discover landscapes rich with history and folklore, stopping at many fascinating locations along Ring Road 1. The Golden Circle Iceland drive begins and ends right outside of Reykjavik.
The Kerið Crater Lake is a stunning body of aquamarine water surrounded by red volcanic rock.
This unique volcanic crater is approximately 3,000 years old and found along the Golden Circle.
Geysir Hot Springs
Strokkur is Iceland’s most visited active Geyser Hot Springs with boiling mud pits & exploding geysers.
It sprouts hot water as high as 30 meters into the air every few minutes or so.
Gulfoss, also known as ‘Golden Falls’ is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls.
It is Iocated in the canyon of the Hvítá river.
Þingvellir National Park – Tectonic Plate
Walk between two continents – Þingvellir National Park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates, America & Europe. This National park is also the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, and featured in Season 4 of “Game of Thrones”.
The most exciting fact, here one can scuba dive or snorkel in the crack between the plates, called Silfra, where you can touch both plates at the same time and see some of the most transparent water on earth. The ravines opened by the tectonic movement fill with the meltwater from Langjökull glacier, which has travelled underground for decades through porous lava rock, undergoing an extensive filtration process.
When it enters the ravines, therefore, it is pristinely clean and crystal clear, but the water is usually two degrees Celsius throughout the year.
Öxarárfoss Waterfall at Thingvellir National Park
Oxararfoss Waterfall at Thingvellir National Park is famous for being a film location in the series Game of Thrones
Secret Lagoon Hot Springs
The magical Secret Lagoon Natural Hot Springs is located in a small village called Fludir.
It was made in 1891 and is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, offering a geothermal pool with a spouting geyser. With a natural and unique surrounding gives a real Icelandic feeling together with the pool’s steam rising into the air and the water at 38-40 Celsius all year.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
The Blue Lagoon luxury Geothermal Spa, famous for its superheated opaque vividly blue waters abundant in algae, mineral salts,
silica mud and is surrounded by an iconic lava landscape.
Located in the middle of a steep black lava field, providing stunning scenery as you enjoy soaking in the warm waters.
Average water temperature is 37-39 degrees with incredible volcanic landscapes.
Some links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive a commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.