Regardless of the country you're traveling to, travel guides always recommend choosing the most popular routes. Although attractions that are deemed must-visit might seem overrated and dull, in Iceland, it's quite the opposite! The Golden Circle, while being the most popular route to start explore the Iceland, is definitely worth your attention. We'll explore the crater of the extinct volcano Kerid, walk through the places where the history of the Icelandic state originated, and later, where scenes from the Game of Thrones series were filmed. We'll witness the majestic and powerful Gullfoss waterfall, visit a tomato farm, and make sure to explore a few cool places that are not part of the standard Golden Circle route.
So, after our meeting at your hotel, we'll soon find ourselves in Þingvellir National Park, located in the southwest of Iceland, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beyond its cultural and historical significance, the breathtaking landscape is awe-inspiring. The main geological feature of Þingvellir is the gigantic rifts—faults in the Earth's crust formed at the boundary of the slowly drifting tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia. Just imagine, and we'll stroll through there.
Continuing on the road, we can make a stop at a hot spring where they bake the traditional Icelandic bread, Hverabrauð. If you wish, you can buy a few slices for lunch. Our next stop will be the tomato farm Friðheimar, where we can have lunch right in the greenhouse.
After a healthy and delicious meal, we'll visit the geyser that gave its name to all geothermal fields—the unique Geysir. It's the only place where you can witness an active geyser— a twenty-meter column of boiling water soaring into the sky. These emotions will stay with you for a lifetime.
The last of our three golden spots is the immense Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most powerful and iconic waterfalls in Iceland. Its grand cascades will amaze you with yet another display of untamed natural power.
We can't miss the three-thousand-year-old volcanic crater Kerið. The more impressive views (and photographs!), the better, right?
And, of course, we won't forget about the secret spots not included in the standard Golden Circle route. I hope this tour will whet your appetite for new attractions. They await you, so be sure to explore other tours that I offer.