DAY 2: Þingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - Fljótshlíð
Approximate distance: ca212km / 132miles
National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO site) - Geothermal Area - Exploding Geysers
As mentioned, Iceland is a country of enormous geological interest because it straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and North American continental plates meet. After breakfast, begin your day with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, where we can see the rift caused by the separation of these two tectonic plates. Walk through a canyon to a waterfall and a beautiful lava rift filled with crystal clear groundwater.
After an interesting geology walk in Þingvellir, visit one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), as well as the Geysir Geothermal Area teeming with hot springs, exploding geysers and bubbling pools of mud. Geysir is Iceland’s largest geyser and lends its name to all others. Although Geysir is less active these days, Strokkur spouts water high into the air every few minutes. A truly unique experience occurs up in the geothermal fields, where you´ll sample rye bread, baked underground by the heat of the earth.
Later today visit a greenhouse powered by geothermal and hydroelectric energy to sample organically grown vegetables. Head east through small villages and farmlands to the majestic mountains towering over the coast. Keep an eye out for majestic Hekla, Iceland’s most frequently erupting volcano. The final destination is the Hvolsvöllur area where you´ll have a great view of the now quiet but world-famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Hvolsvöllur area.
Group Optional Tour: Fontana Steam Bath, by Lake Laugarvatn.