Thingvellir National Park
Travel through Iceland’s beautiful countryside to Þingvellir National Park, the impressive site of Iceland´s historic parliament, the Alþingi. Founded in 930 c.e., it’s the oldest parliament in the world still in existence. On a sunny day, you can stand beside the law rock and look out over the valley. This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the great geological wonders of the world. The rift valley is the result of the ever-shifting Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, slowly moving apart over eons.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Next on the agenda is the Geysir hot spring area. The Great Geysir is no longer active, but Strokkur, a nearby erupting hot spring, spouts huge jets of superheated water every eight to ten minutes. These scalding expulsions often soar skyward to 25 m and sometimes even up to 40 m.
Visit the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls). The river that flows to the falls is known as Hvítá (the White River) and originates at Langjökull glacier. The roar thunders down through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages. You’ll likely catch sight of the golden-hued spray that lent this waterfall its name, and, maybe if you’re lucky, a rainbow – remember to make a wish!
Next, you’re dropped off downtown in Reykjavík, close to cafés and restaurants where you have time to enjoy supper. You will be picked up outside your hotel for your northern lights tour at 20:30 (8:30 p.m.).