The Golden Circle Tour
I booked this tour with Reykjavik Excursions and it was great! The guide was really easy to understand and was funny, explaining everything to us and making sure we are having a good time and were staying safe.
Cost: 9900 ISK or about 100 USD
Duration: they picked me up at 8:30am and I got back to the hostel at 5pm
Stops: Geyser Geothermal Area, Gullfloss Waterfall, and the Þingvellir National Park
- Friðheimar Greenhouse– here we walked around the tomato greenhouse that smelled of tomato soup, heard about the owner-family’s history and were able to get some of their homemade jam. I brought a jar of their Christmas jam to give to my mother.
- Geysers– Near the Laugarvatn Lake, we saw numerous geysers, smelled the rotten eggs from the natural water, and had some lunch at the nearby mall! This is where the 20 USD soup comes in. Yummy but heartbreaking!
- Gullfoss Waterfall– Gullfloss, meaning “golden waterfall” was really windy and cold but beautiful nonetheless, especially since we arrived when the sun was coming out and warmed us a bit. I got beautiful videos of the waterfall too!
Bonus: the story behind the waterfall goes… there was a very old and rich man who had all of his money in gold. The issue was that he had no friends and he, knowing he was close to dying due to his old age, decided he would have to get rid of his gold somehow. Thus, he decided that we would throw all of his gold into the lovers’ waterfall (as it is also known) and he did. They say that when the light shines you can still see the gold glimmer beneath the water.
- Þingvellir National Park- pronounced “Thing-vell-urr”, it was a beautiful walk to the Eurasian-North American tectonic plate and also where I took the picture where I’m wearing the Icelandic sweater in this article. Does this count as being in two states at once?