Reykjavik – Golden Circle Region – Hveragerdi
Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles
World-Famous National Park – Queen of Waterfalls – High Spouting Geysers- Geothermal Town
Pick up for the tour between 9:30-10:00 (9:30am – 10:00am). Please be at your assigned pick-up location no later than 9:30, as your location may be one of the first for tour pick-up. (Check your confirmation information for pick up location details. )
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Today visit the world-famous Golden circle natural wonders. A visit here introduces you to the powers of water and geothermal wonders that make Iceland so unique. You’ll also discover Iceland’s cultural heritage. Start with visiting Thingvellir National Park, a remarkable historical and geological site. The beautiful canyon running through the park is the meeting point of the European and North American tectonic plates. Thingvellir is where Vikings founded the Althing Parliament in 930 ADS, establishing Iceland as an independent nation.
Next you will visit Gullfoss, a two-tiered waterfall where you will see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down into a deep canyon. Some Icelanders believe Gullfoss to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. Nearby you can find water in its hot form at Geysir geothermal area, where bubbling hot springs and geysers are abundant. The famous Strokkur is the most active geyser in the area, spouting up to 25-30 meters (82 – 98 feet) every few minutes.
The Golden Circle leads to Hveragerdi, a town that sits in the most active hot spring valley in the country. Check into your hotel.
Welcome Walk: In the evening, a local guide will meet you at the hotel at 20:30 for a welcome walk. You will get to know the charming town, its history, geology and culture from a local perspective on an easy walking tour. You’ll see the new hot spring area that was formed by a big earthquake in 2008, and even how to boil an egg in a hot spring. You’ll also get a better understanding of how people use the hot springs water for heating up greenhouses, growing vegetables. You’ll also hear first-hand what it feels like to live with a hot spring in the back yard!
Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Hveragerdi