The Golden Circle Itinerary
I can almost relate Golden Circle Tour = Iceland! At least those are the reading material from the internet research anyway.
The classic tour, the Golden Circle depicts the traditional three main attractions of the island - All you need is one day to visit all locations.
Thingvellir National Park
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is part of the Games of Thrones (GOT) filming sites, for the GOT fans - can you guess which scenes is that?
It was in the North of Westeros with Arya’s storyline and as the setting of the battle of the Hound and Brienne. How interesting to walk around the National Park with the scene in mind? Okay, I am GOT big fan!
Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also the place where the Eurasian and North American plate boundaries which run through Iceland are clearly visible - the plates are moving apart here and the land between them is subsiding.
The tour guide explained the history and Viking's stories of this historical national park, it was breathtaking standing at the top looking down with such a spectacular view.
The water was crystal clear that I could see those coins at the bottom of the river. There was signs showing graphic message [Do not throw coins into the water] but seems like either some tourists didn't care or they were simply too desperate for their wishes to come true to pollute the water.
For those who are reading this article, please do not throw coins into the water when you visit this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Our guide drove along the mountains to Laugarvatn village, Icelanders' summer residence for decades, and further on towards the world renowned geothermal hot spring area around Geysir, the hot spring.
It is known that the original Great Geysir is not active at the moment but its neighbour, Strokkur, erupts every 5-7 minutes. It was hot but interesting to see it slowly burst out from the little hole and transformed into steam every now and then. The floor was wet so watch out for the slippery floor.
Gullfoss (the Golden waterfall) was huge and beautiful especially when the air was so fresh. Walking closer to the edge of the waterfall, I could feel the spray of the glacial water on my face. It would be even better if there was a cafe built just overlooking this amazing waterfall or even just a picnic spot.
It's a nicely shaped pseudo volcanic crater formed some 5,000 years ago located at the Grimsnes, with a rather deep lake in the bottom. You are required to pay for the entrance fee to walk around the crater's rim, they even accept credit card if you are out of cash. This place is pretty much just walking around the rim with the same view, we only took some photos and enjoyed some moment before moving on to the next location. Great view, perhaps spend approx 15 - 30mins was sufficient for the journey.
Iceland, a beautiful Nordic Island Nation that shows the Ice world with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava field and a popular location for Aurora Borealis / Northern Light.