Old Skúli will drop us back at Old Reykjavik Harbor at 10:30 am, giving you an hour-and-a-half of free time, before we collect you from the harbor at 12:00 pm for the Golden Circle tour.
We’ll begin at Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) – one of Iceland’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A group of Vikings met there in 930 – creating, Alþingi, that remains Iceland’s parliament to this day. All Icelandic men could attend the meetings, which were used to create new laws and settle disputes. Alþingi eventually moved to Reykjavik in 1844, however, the modern parliament still shares its name, making it one of the oldest parliaments in the world. The assemblies centered around the Lögberg (Law Rock) – a rugged cliff where the Lawspeaker would sit. There is now a flag marking that spot – an amazing photo opportunity!
Þingvellir is also a geological wonderland, thanks to its location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. A seismic rift valley runs through its heart – the ever-expanding gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. One of the few places in the world, where you can actually walk between two continents!
Our next stop is the famous Geysir geothermal area – renowned for the plumes of steam that rise from its bubbling hot springs. It hosts the legendary Great Geysir, a once powerful geyser that gives all geysers their name. We’ll also see Strokkur – a powerful geyser that fires scalding water and steam into the air every 8-10 minutes. This epic show is synonymous with Iceland and is a profound demonstration of the power of nature.
Our final treat is Gullfoss (Golden Falls) – a magnificent two-step lava fall, that more than merits its reputation as the most popular waterfall in Iceland. Its waters originate at Langjökull glacier, making the long journey down Hvítá (the White River) – until they crash into an emerald valley at Gullfoss. Its waters famously turn golden as they cascade into the abyss – creating amazing photos!