Monday, 3 April 2017

Travel Diary Iceland: Day 3 Golden Circle


For day 3 of our time in Iceland we booked the ever popular Golden Circle Tour. The Golden circle consists of 3 of Iceland's best and most popular destinations: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir National Park. Most tour companies also add little extra bonus stops and those may differ from company to company. Our bonus stops included the Quake Exhibition, Faxi Falls and a Crater!


Our first stop in the morning was to a shopping mall to see the Quake 2008 Exhibition. In May 2008, the Southern part of Iceland experienced a powerful earthquake (6, 3 on the Richter scale).

The Exhibition gives you a glimpse of what it was like following the Earthquake even including a simulator. "An earthquake crack that was encountered at the building site in 2003 is visible in the floor and is illuminated up for visitors" (www.south.is).



   
Faxi Falls
 
After a quick stop at a crater (not very photogenic in winter) we moved on to our next destination. Faxi falls is a smaller waterfall than Gullfoss, but was definitely worth the stop. After we all got our photographs we moved on to the bigger and more famous waterfall.
 

Gullfoss

Gullfoss Waterfall also known as the Golden Waterfall is one of the most iconic pictures of Iceland. The waterfall is fed by Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjökull. The property of the waterfall has much to offer including beautiful views in every direction, a restaurant and a gift shop. The waterfall is free to visit so you can always rent a car and do the stop on your own.





Geysir Geothermal Field

The next stop on the Golden Circle tour is to the Geysir Geothermal Field. It is an expansive area with many pit of boiling mud but the focal point is Strokkur. Strokkur is a fairly active geysir as it spouts water approximately 100 ft (30 meters) into the air every few minutes. 
 




 



Þingvellir

Last but not least on the Golden Circle tour is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. Þingvellir is a key location in Icelandic history, as it is the birthplace of the worlds first parliament (930AD). What attracts many tourists to the location is the fact that the park lies in a rift valley or no-mans-land between tectonic plates.










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