This excursion gives you the chance to see and experience some of Iceland's greatest natural phenomena on a route known as the Golden Circle. With a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, youll learn about Icelands fascinating natural history as you make various stops along the way. Thingvellir
is of great historical importance as parliament was founded here over 1000 years ago. You will be able to stand where Viking settlers proudly stood centuries ago. Gigantic rifts run through the park creating a stark and dramatic landscape. Gently moving tectonic plates run across Thingvellir
, pulling apart around 2cm a year making it possible to stand on two continents at once!?
, marvel at the power of the water as it tumbles over two tiers before crashing 32m into an impressive ravine. Often with a rainbow in its clouds of mist and spray, you will never forget the sight and sound of the golden falls probably Icelands most famous. Next stop is the geothermal area at Haukadalur
where you can walk through an area dotted with hot springs, steaming streams and geysers. Strokkur is one of the largest and most powerful and you can expect an eruption roughly every 5 minutes. Watch from a safe distance as the blue/green water bubbles up, suddenly spouting almost 30m into the air. Be patient with your camera and you will be sure to capture this amazing scene. Continue to explore the area, looking into bore holes but dont be tempted to touch the intensely blue water or you will be scalded!
After driving through some of Icelands most photographed countryside, the super jeeps head off on rough mountain tracks to the foot of Mount Hekla
, the most active volcano in the country. The name Hekla
means hooded one and instead of a typical cone-shape, it is made up of a series of snow-capped ridges. It is nearly 1500m to the summit of the highest ridge and they are often shrouded in cloud.