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From the bustling capital of Reykjavik, we go to Thingvellir National Park, Iceland's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting in 930 AD the Vikings held their outdoor parliament, the Althing, here. But it is more than a culturally significant site, it is a unique opportunity to witness the geological forces of plate tectonics, which separate about 2.5 cm or 1 inch per year. Over the eons, a rift valley formed where the Alþing gathered. Lake Thingvallavatn is Iceland’s largest natural freshwater lake with four unique races of Arctic char. Snorkelers and scuba divers may add the option of enjoying the 300 foot visibility of the waters of the Silfra fissure and lake.
Next, we make our way to the hot springs area of Geysir, the original namesake of all spouting hot springs. Geysir's 'little brother', Strokkur is less bashful about showing himself and erupts every 7-10 minutes. Numerous colorful thermal pools add even more beauty to the area.
About 15 minutes away is majestic Gullfoss, the Golden Falls, which thunders down in two cascades making a total drop of 100 feet, before roaring off along a deep volcanic canyon. This is a spectacular sight any time of year and is one of Iceland’s most-cherished natural gems. In season, an additional option is linking up with snowmobilers for an exciting ride on the Langjökull glacier. Doing this involves slightly earlier tour departure time and shorter stops at the other attractions.
NOTE: Due to the additional time involved for snorkeling or scuba diving and snowmobiling, it is not possible to add both to the Golden Circle Tour.
Depending on the timing of visits to Geysir and Gullfoss, the lunch stop may be at either place.
Our return trip takes us through fertile farmlands of southern Iceland, to a mini volcanic crater, Kerið, across a popular salmon river, up a high plateau and over moss-covered lava flows as we return to Reykjavík.
(Depending on season or weather, this agenda may be reversed to exploit daylight.)
Price: € 102 per person, minimum of 3, reasonable surcharge for fewer. Price change due to fuel and govt. fee hikes.
Included: Certified English-speaking driver-guide, ground transportation to Thingvellir, Gullfoss waterfalls, Geysir hot spring area, Kerið crater.
Not included: Optional snorkeling or scuba diving at Silfra, nor snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Lunch or refreshments
Duration: 7hrs. +/- depending on stops, weather, etc.