Golden Circle is popular tourist route and great route to do if you don’t have a lot of time in Iceland.
You can do it in a day. We spend around 10 hours on this tour, but slow and easy.
You can do it much shorter.
There are bus tours that do the Golden Circle tour, but the best way to do it is to Rent a car.
For this tour you don’t need SUV, you can do it with a small car, like we did.
(At least in summer)
The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geyser Strokkur.
But there is much more to see on this route like Kerið volcanic crater, Faxi waterfall and Secret lagoon.
The Golden Circle is relatively easy to drive yourself because the roads are well maintained.
We rented a car with lavaauto.is , you can contact them on facebook or through they web page.
They respond quickly and you can easy arrange everything .
We had only good experience with them which was good because that was the first time we rented a car.
We headed at 9 A.M. and our first stop was Þingvellir national park.
The entrance to the park is free, but you need to pay for parking.
Þingvellir lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks.
Scuba diving has also become popular at Silfra Lake as the continental drift between the tectonic plates made it wide enough for divers.
Place is good for hiking and you can see a Öxarárfoss Waterfall.
There is also Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake of Iceland.
We spent 3 hours there.
After we went to the Geysir – Geothermal area.
Here is parking free and there is also no entrance fee.
There are around thirty smaller geysers and hot pools in the area.
The most famous one and biggest that erupts is Strokkur.
Strokkur erupts to heights of up to 30 metres every few minutes.
After watching him erupt a few times we took a walk around the area to see the smaller ones.
Then we drove to the Gullfoss Waterfall.
O my God! Just beautiful! I loved it.
It looks great and powerful and you can get pretty close to it.
Definitely something you shouldn’t miss. Pure nature power.
There is also a souvenir shop and restaurant.
On this route there is one more waterfall , not so big but also really beautiful.
That’s Faxi waterfall. The waterfall is full of salmon and is a great spot for fishing.
You can get all the way to the waterfall , closer then to Gullfoss.
Now was the time for little relaxation so we went to Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin).
An old renovated swimming pool located next to an active geyser which provides all the water for the pool.
The scenery is beautiful and it’s not crowded.
Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir.
There is also a little Geysir which erupts.
There is a entrance fee for the pool, but the parking is free.
We took time to enjoy here because we were nearly done with the tour.
There was the last thing on our way to see and that was the Kerið – Crater.
There is a entrance fee to see the crater.
Keri ð is a volcanic crater lake in Grimsnes.
It is believed that Kerið was originally a cone volcano that erupted and emptied its magma.
Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into an empty magma chamber, later to be filled with water.
It looks great because of the red volcanic rock.
That was our Golden Circle tour.
And now back to Reykjavik.