The Golden Circle is undoubtedly the most popular tour in Iceland. Witnessing incredible waterfalls, geysers, and areas of historical significance is always a treat, but this time we put the emphasis on Iceland’s legacy as a leader in green energy. This version of the classic Golden Circle utilizes an eco-friendly mini-bus and puts the focus on sustainability and how Iceland leverages it’s unique natural resources.
Hellisheidi Power Plant – a lesson in geothermal energy
You’ll be picked up in the morning by our expert guide by mini-bus and taken to the first stop of the day – Hellisheidi Power Plant. It is Iceland’s largest powerplant which harnesses the powers of geothermal energy to power the capital area. The plant, which is primarily for utilitarian purposes, is a beautiful piece of architecture offering stunning views of Iceland’s incredible volcanic landscape. At the plant, visitors are guided by an expert at the plant and will witness how the geothermal power is harvested for renewable energy utilization. There will be no shortage of knowledge shared ranging from Iceland’s volcanic activity, hot springs, and earthquakes to all the different ways in which Icelanders utilize their energy resources.
The Golden Circle – green power sources
After learning about how resources are converted into geothermal energy at Hellisheidi power plant, it is time to explore Iceland’s unique and wonderful Golden Circle, where you can witness Iceland’s unique energy resources at the source.
The bubbling hot water in Haukadalur’s geysers tells a vivid story of the unbelievable power and activity that lays just beneath the surface. Here you’ll get to visit the namesake to all the world’s geysers, Geysir the great and his baby-brother Strokkur, that shoots boiling water into the air every 4-10 minutes. The area is covered with steam and tiny bubbling mud-pots so watch your step.
The waterfall Gullfoss, or the Golden Falls as it is often nicknamed, is the next stop in the Golden Circle. It is a two-story drop cascade running through a glacier-carved canyon fed by a nearby glacier. Water truly doesn’t get purer than this. To assist visitors in getting the best view of the powerful waterfall, there are several viewing platforms.
Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site, is the next stop. This is where the Vikings gathered to settle disputes and where the world’s first parliament was established in the year 930. It is also where the North American and Eurasian continental plates come together giving you a chance to walk in between North America and Europe.
Fridheimar Geothermal Tomato Farm
The tomato farm and apiary Fridheimar is located on the Golden Circle route and is the final stop on our eco-tour. It is truly a utopia for anyone interested in sustainability and green energy or modern horticulture. During your visit, you’ll have the chance to taste the fruits of the farmers’ labor and a meal will be enjoyed right there in the greenhouse among their still growing plants. There is no such thing as food waste at this facility and they will guide you through their process when you visit. Bring an appetite, this is one for the books.
Why is this tour eco- friendly?
The places that we will visit on this tour give an insight into the many ways renewable and sustainable energy is being harnessed in Iceland. Transport will be provided by an environmentally-friendly minibus following this principle, when more people travel together this way fewer emissions are released.
What to bring:
- We recommend wearing warm, layerable clothing – ideally with a waterproof top layer
- Good outdoor shoes are recommended
- Hellisheidi geothermal powerplant
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir and Strokkur
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Faxi waterfall
- Fridheimar Geothermal Tomato Far
- Pick Up and Drop Off
- A friendly and knowledgeable guide
- The Golden Circle stops
- Admission to Hellisheidi Power Plant