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Iceland tours continue and for our second day in this country, we did the Gold Circle Tour; the weather wasn't nice because it rained all day, but we enjoyed it anyway because what we saw was WOW, no word to describe the incredible nature and the fantastic places. We decided to arrange a private tour because we also wanted to learn some interesting things about all the stops and I think that the better way is to travel with a local person.
Golden Circle Iceland itinerary
1. Kerid crater
The Kerid crater, initially, about 3000 years ago was a volcano but after an eruption emptied its reserve of magma, the cone collapsed and now inside, we can visit a fabulous lake encircled with red volcanic rocks. I found this place very interesting because you can see how nature has changed over the years. You can walk around the volcano and even go down where now there is water. You won't spend a lot of time in here, just the time to walk around the crater and of course, take a lot of pictures.
Of course, the next stop was the Geysir; we went to the Strokkur geyser. This geyser is the most famous for the tourist because it is one of the few that spouts around every 5-10 minutes, there are other geysers around the island, but they can take from 30 minutes to 1 hour to sprout out. These kinds of geysers are rare around the world, and for this, they are spectacular, something that shows you the power of nature, think that the eruption can be high from 20metres to 40metres. Iceland is the place for the geyser, mainly because first, North America and Eurasian tectonic meet here and second because the water of the geysers need to be boiled and to have this the magma has to be close to the surface of the earth.
3. Gullfoss Waterfalls
Gullfoss Waterfalls are another amazing thing to visit. They are one of the top attractions around Iceland, and I definitely can imagine why. The waterfalls are beautiful and a huge natural spectacular that shows in every aspect the immense and surprising force of mother nature. We can find them in the Hvítá river canyon in southwest Iceland very close to Reykjavik just around 1.5hour by car, and after a few stairs and paths, you will have in front the best panorama of unique and beautiful waterfalls. The Icelandic people own the waterfalls after that, in the 20th century some industrialists tried to buy the Gullfoss to build hydroelectric power.
4. Thingvellir National Park
Our last stop for this day has been at the Thingvellir National Park. Unfortunately, it was freezing and raining very bad, and we just took a quick look at it but even with this weather the place was amazing. This park is famous in particular because here the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet, this is also the reason why Iceland has so many Volcanoes. The park has been part of the UNESCO heritage since 2004, and even if I didn't spend a lot of time, this is a must to visit. Better with a sunny day.
5. Friðheimar Greenhouse
During the journey, an exciting stop has been the visit to the Friðheimar Greenhouse. I never thought that Iceland could have so many tasty vegetables but when you realize that all this is thanks to geothermal electricity all makes perfect sense. There were a lot of greenhouses during my excursion, some of them growing vegetables and other flowers and plants; I stopped and visited a greenhouse specializing in tomatoes. The hothouse that was also a restaurant was lovely and interesting. I tasted the tomatoes, and they were delicious, juicy and flavorful. With a staff member, we did a small tour between the plants and they explained to us how the tomatoes became such an essential thing in Iceland and of course, she was very proud to let us know how they cultivate this great juicy veggie.
After this tour, I was so excited, happy and surprised by the beauty of nature and the gorgeousness of this land, it was incredible being able to visit and enjoy these unexpected places and the holiday wasn't still over. The following day we did a tour in the south of the country and also this did not disappoint. If you read more about the other Iceland’s tour follow the link.
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