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Never a big fan of organized tours, I had to submit to one here because of the cost. The Golden Circle tour was what I chose, and it turned out to be really great. To be sure, there were hundreds of other tourists with me at Gulfoss, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. Thingvellir and the Geysir areas were absolutely worth the trip. My tour, Reykjavik Excursions, also went by the steam plant that provides all of Reykjavik's energy and water heating. The guide had answers for any and every question. It is something that I came to understand, the Icelandic people LOVE their history and they know it better than any other country I have traveled in.
The cost was about 5000 ISK, or about 75USD. To be sure, it is expensive, but the trip is an entire day of sight-seeing with transportation included. Not a bad value in Iceland.
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park
The Golden Circle Tour
Ideal for short stay visitors. I took a tour bus, but you could also do a self-guided driving tour.
There are several variations of the tour, but most versions give you a chance to visit Mount Hekla, the Kerith volcano crater, the Gulfoss waterfall, the geysers of Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
Highlights of the two Circle Tours I took:
A geothermal farm- manages to grow plants from all over the wold due to the heat generated from the hot springs below the earth's surface.
Gulfoss- one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Iceland.
Hekla- volcano, I was there when it erupted in 2000!!
Geysir and Strokkur- Geysers
Þingvellir (Thingvellir National Park) - Where the American tectonic plate meets the European tectonic plate.
WEATHER will determine length of your trip. The two I went on were about 8 hours each. Be prepared for itinerary to change due to snow.
One time my tour bus got stuck. Both times we didn't get to walk around much due to snow.
Go knowing Icelandic weather is unpredictable, and you'll have a great time!!
- Adventure Travel
- Historical Travel
The most popular daytrip from Reykjavik is the Golden Circle tour which can be booked with Reykjavik Excursions and several other companies, we used Reykjavik Excursions.
The Golden Circle consists of a visits to:
Kerith, a huge volcanic crater that has turned into a lake
Gullfoss, Iceland's most famous and picturesque waterfall
Geysir, the Great Geyser isn't active any longer but another smaller geyser erupts every few minutes
Thingvellir, a national park where the two tetonic plates of America and Europe meet
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