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Highlights of Iceland’s Golden Circle

Iceland Golden Circle 2013 001 intro Strokkur

The most interesting and diverse day-trip from Reykjavik is to Iceland’s “Golden Circle“.  I’m not certain where the name “Golden Circle” originated, but it is a golden travel opportunity.  During this excursion you have a chance to see Iceland’s largest lake and explore the historic site of its first parliament (situated in no less than a rift valley).  You’ll visit one of the world’s few sites of geysir eruption, and an amazing waterfall.  By any standards, that’s a pretty good list of attractions to see in one day’s travel.

Sylvia and an Icelandic horse near Geysir

There are several commercial vendors that offer tours of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik for those who don’t want the hassle of car rental or driving (the most popular including Reykjavik Excursions and …

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A journey around Iceland (Part 2) The Golden Circle

A journey around Iceland —  2) The Golden Circle

The most popular day trip from Reykjavik is to the “Golden Circle” — three beautiful natural attractions which aren’t golden or even vaguely circular.  The first of these is located about a one hour drive from the capitol, the farthest at least another hour further.  All three sites are well worth seeing.

1) Thingvellir National Park.

This is one of Iceland’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the other, Surtsey, is a recently formed uninhabited volcanic island). Thingvellir is remarkable for two reasons.  First, it’s a rift valley, with the opposing walls of this valley moving in opposite directions at a rate of …

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