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This exciting sightseeing day tour in Iceland takes you to three of the most iconic places known as the Golden Circle, with an extra stop at Faxi waterfall.
This is a small group tour in a minibus of maximum 19 participants to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Expect an entertaining and comfortable journey with Icelandic music onboard, free wifi, a fun and informative driver guide and a taste of Icelandic traditional snacks. When in Iceland, the Golden Circle is definitely one to tick off your bucket list.
Pick up in Reykjavik starts at 8am from you hotel or guesthouse and when everyone is onboard it’s time the drive out of town. The first stop on the journey is Hveragerði; a small town just half an hour drive from Reykjavik. The town is known for the geothermal energy and steamy hot springs surround the area. We will stop at a nice bakery there where you can grab some coffee and take a look at the earthquake exhibition free of charge.
Next up is Faxi Waterfall a hidden gem in the area and often called the little sibling of Gullfoss. It’s also time to taste some real traditional treats. Flatbread with smoked lamb and malt; one of Iceland’s oldest drink and the most popular beverage to drink during the Christmas season.
Now that everyone is fully recharged and ready to rock it’s time to head for the Golden Circle. First up is Gullfoss; Iceland’s most popular and iconic waterfall. From the carpark the view is already breathtaking but there’s a path leading you all the way to the waterfall, so close you can feel the drizzle. This beautiful waterfall drops down a few levels within the great canyon of Hvita Glaciar River. There was a time where the waterfall’s existence was jeopardised but thanks to a strong and brave woman, the beauty of Gullfoss is still for us to enjoy. Your guide will tell you all about this remarkable story of Icelands ‘first environmentalist’. The stop is minimum 45 minutes so there’s enough time to explore and enjoy.
Next stop is Geysir, the most iconic hot spring in the world. It’s so famous that in other languages this type of gushing hot spring is known as a geyser. Currently Geysir is dormant apart from waking up for a short period in the year 2000 after a powerful earthquake. But cousin Strokkur erupts every 6-10 minutes and spews boiling hot water up to 25 m / 82 ft high. An extremely unique sight.
Enjoy exploring this colourful geothermal paradise and steamy hot springs. The stop will be about 1 hour and 15 minutes giving you enough time to wander around and have lunch. The restaurant and café offer delicious food. We had the traditional Icelandic meat soup, don’t tell my mom, but it was equally as good as hers.. If you prefer bringing your own lunch that’s fine too.
Thingvellir National Park is situated in a rift valley created by the continuous friction of the two major tectonic plates, the North American and Eurasian. Walking along Almannagja gorge surrounded by spectacular landscape packed with history and folklore, is a unique experience. Especially when you realise you are technically walking between the two continents and the distance between them keeps expanding 2 cm on average each year. In 2004 Thingvellir became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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