The Golden Circle Complete Tour
Hellisheidavirkjun (Geothermal Power Plant)
After pickup from your accommodation in downtown Reykjavik, the first stop we make is at the Geothermal Exhibition at Hellisheidi Power Plant. It’s a brand new interactive exhibition which focuses on the history of geothermal energy utilization in Iceland. You can explore geology, history and technology in an accessible and entertaining way as you go through the multimedia exhibits.
Next stop in our tour is the volcanic crater lake Kerid. It was first believed that Kerid was formed by a huge volcanic eruption like most other volcanic craters. Yet recent research has shown that it was most likely a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve. After the eruption the cone must’ve collapsed into the magma chamber and created the crater lake which is surrounded by bright red volcanic rock.
Once we visit Kerid we will then move on to the Faxi waterfall, only 12 km from Gullfoss and Geysir. This waterfall, part of the golden circle trail, is situated on the Tungufljot river.
Gullfoss Waterfall (The Golden Falls)
Gullfoss, the most famous waterfall in Iceland, is situated on the canyon of the Hvíta river and it will be our next stop. It’s no wonder that it is such a popular attraction as you can feel and be inspired by its power when you stand so close to it that the mist of glacial water touches your face. We will also stop for lunch at a local place in the Gulfoss area.
Geysir Geothermal Area
After lunch we will drive towards the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur. There we will visit the famous Geysir alongside many other hot springs. The Strokkur geyser is one of them and it discharges about every five to ten minutes. The steaming water is projected to a height of around and projects steaming water to a height of about 20-30 meters.
Efstidalur - Icelandic Farm
After visiting the golden two, Gullfoss and Geysir, we will stop at Efstidalur, a family farm located close to Lake Laugarvatn. For those of you who love ice cream, this will be an amazing experience as you’ll be able to taste original ice creams produced in the farm from fresh cow’s milk. In any case, visiting the ice cream barn will give us the opportunity to relax and stretch our legs for a few minutes.
Laugarvatn is a small town with population of about 200 people and it’s very close to Lake Laugarvatn which contains geothermal springs under its surface. One of these hot springs is Vígdalaug which has historical importance as it was consecrated by Norwegian priests and use as a baptism pool during the early Christian years of the Icelandic nation.
Thingvellir National Park and Öxarárfoss Waterfall
Our Golden Circle will not be complete without a visit to the Thingvellir National Park. This area is of huge historical significance but it also contains many phenomenal geological features. It is the meeting place of the Eurasian and American tectonic plates and also the place where the Icelandic Parliament i.e. “Althingi” was founded on these in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliamentary site in the world. You can see a beautiful waterfall nearby and indeed Öxarárfoss and Thingvellir have been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.