Europe Trip 2015 – Day 31 – Golden Circle, Iceland

April 28, 2015

April is a weird month in Iceland. It’s too late in the year to do most of the winter tours, but it’s too early to start the big summer tours, or to rent a car and know that most of the roads wont be closed. I flew into Iceland knowing that I would have to rely on tours, and one of the biggest ones that everyone “has to do” is the Golden Circle tour. This tour route takes you into the interior of the island, with main stops at Geysir, the Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir national park. I ended up booking a tour that was on a giant coach bus (which was a bit of a bummer, I wish I had gone with a smaller group!), but it was still a great intro to a few of the sights that Iceland has to offer.

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Heading out of Reykjavik towards the interior.

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Tomatoes at a greenhouse, which allows farmers to grow vegetables year-round.

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Exterior of the greenhouse.

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Thermal waters at Geysir, the geyser which originated the term for the phenomenon.

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The smaller Strokkur geyser erupting. This geyser erupts every few minutes.

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The Gullfoss waterfall. It has a 32 meter total height, across two drops.

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Landscape near Gullfoss.

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First view of Þingvellir, where the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian tectonic plate are actively being pulled apart.

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Crystal clear waters of Þingvellir. These crevasses are fed by glacial waters, and hold some of the cleanest water in the world.

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Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

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An Icelandic flag at a visitors center in Þingvellir. The national park was the location of the first Icelandic parliament in the summer of 930.

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Heading back towards Reykjavik.

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The sun setting behind buildings on the Reykjavik waterfront.

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Art on a building in Reykjavik.

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The famous hotdog stand near the waterfront in Reykjavik. Bill Clinton apparently ate here once!

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