The Golden Circle

It’s been a busy few days in Reykjavik, and I think we’re all feeling pretty tired. Another day I’ll write about the various museums we’ve checked out in the city. Today’s post is all about our day trip on the Golden Circle. 

The Golden Circle is a well know path for tourists and sight-seers in Iceland. It traditionally stops at the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains several geysers. There are also different tours that have you stop other places along the way. We finished or day at a place called the Secret Lagoon, which is a swimming area on the golden circle route.

Driving over the mountains from Reykjavik.

All of the sighs were absolutely incredible. We hiked down a path at the National Park where the tectonic plates meet in Iceland, and you can see the large rifts in the earth. It’s also where Iceland’s early parliament met and discussed important political matters for many years.

View of the mountains from the National Park.

The incredible landscape at the Þingvellir National Park.

Small waterfalls at the park.

The geyser area and waterfall were beautiful. While seeing geysers after experiencing Yellowstone is not quite the same, it was still gorgeous. And the waterfall was very impressive. 

It’s still more interesting to throw rocks at the water than to just see it, according to D.

One of the main geysers.

A bubbling hot spring.

Watching the Gullfoss waterfall.

The beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall.

Swimming was nice at the Secret Lagoon, but it was busier than other places D and I have been too. I think our favorite swimming places in Iceland have been the local pool in Akureyri for the children’s area and the springs at Myvatn in northern Iceland.

Swimming at the Secret Lagoon.

D did well with hopping on and hopping off the bus several times, and befriended a solo traveler from England on our trip. (I think he may be sick of me.) Other than the iPad collide with his nose (twice!!)  on the bus which caused some crying, he did pretty well. 

My mom and I at the National Park.

We have one full day left in Iceland, and then we have our travel day to get back home. We’ve had a pretty good trip- but I think we’re ready for our own beds and a lot of sleep. 


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