A day trip exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle

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Ah, the famous Golden circle tour from Reykjavik, second only to the ultimate northern lights tour. It’s a fantastic trip giving you the chance to explore the natural beauty of this volcanic island from your Reykjavik base. So of course, on my trip to Iceland, I had to do it! And trust me, Iceland just gets better and better. If you’ve read any of my other posts about what to do in Reykjavik or hunting for the Northern Lights then you will know how much I rave about Superjeep. Well, this tour was just as brilliant with them!

But why is it called the Golden Circle I hear you ask? Well, I don’t know really. The best Google has come up with is that it’s just a marketing ploy. Let me know if you have any better reasons though, Something a bit prettier would be great!

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

How many places have you been to where you can say you’ve walked between 2 tectonic plates? I can safely say it’s just 1 for me – The Thingvellir National Park. Here the American and the Eurasian plates are moving apart from each other. Iceland is literally being pulled apart.

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

Walking between the Eurasian and American Tectonic Plates

 

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

Amazing Sunrise over Thingvellir National Park

 

The Gullsfoss waterfall is absolutely amazing. Created by  the river Hvítá, the drop on this beauty is a rather long 32m and you know about it; I could feel the force of it just watching it. It’s unusual 2-layered form has made it particularly famous and just generally pretty awesome. Hold on to your hats though, it’s bloody windy there (hence my crazy pompom)!

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

The Gullfoss Waterfall

 

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

Tom and I about to be blown away

 

A fantastic optional extra (but I have to be honest, pretty pricey) with Superjeep is snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, and it was so much fun. It’s something that I had never done before so was sooo worth it!

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

That time you realise you’re standing on an actual glacier!

 

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

Snowmobile are pretty damn awesome

 

As Iceland is essentially a giant volcano, it’s home to the geyser geothermal park. These are formed when water from the surface works its way down to the magma in the earth’s core, gets heated up, creates loads of pressure and explodes. Love it! The Strokkur geyser erupts every few minutes without fail and it’s honestly the best thing watching it trying to guess the exact moment it’s gonna go. When it does, boiling water shoots up to 30m into the air! The only downside to this bit is the eggy smell from sulphur, but hey ho!

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

The Geothermal Geyser Park

 

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

One of the largest geysers

 

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

Waiting for the Strokkur Geyser to blow

 

A bonus on the way back to Reykjavik was getting to see a second waterfall; the rather cute Faxi waterfall. On a good less snowy day you can go down towards the bottom of the waterfall and get a close up look. Sadly, the middle of winter is not the one for this though! But it’s still beautiful!

The amazing Golden Circle Tour in Iceland. A fantastic way to explore the nature of the country!

Faxi Waterfall

So, after a day exploring the natural beauty of Iceland around the Golden Circle, I can safely say that I wish I had had a longer time in Iceland to see more. Everything about Iceland is full of science, nature and surprises and I just love it!

 

What was your favourite experience in Iceland? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

 

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A day trip round Iceland's Golden Circle is an absolute must. Find out what to expect and what I loved about the Superjeep tours.

8 Comments

  1. It surely looks cold, BRRRR. Really good pics. I love winter and snow but now when spring has started I prefer the warmth it brings.

  2. Ahh so pretty! I also have know idea why it’s named the Golden Circle. I didn’t get to do too much here because the weather was really bad! I definitely will go back!

    • I know it’s so annoying it’s just a marketing ploy haha! Oh that’s such a shame! Definitely a good excuse for a second trip!

  3. I was lucky enough to do this with my Scout troop when I was 14 years old. Brought back incredible memories. The Gullfoss Waterfall is my personal favourite! Thank you for sharing your experience. Your photos are gorgeous!

    • Wow what a trip with a scout group! I didn’t know they did such epic trips! The waterfall is amazing!

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