In order to visit Golden Circle I booked tour with one of the excursion companies in Reykjavik. There are plenty of them providing option to visit Golden Circle as it is one of the most popular and touristy attractions in Iceland.
Of course it is possible to do Golden Circle by yourself with a car and there are no entrance fees. Golden Circle is relatively close to the Reykjavik and it might be much cheaper to go there by yourself than with a tour company, furthermore, you could spend as much time as you want in each of the destinations.
As I mentioned in my previous posts, I suggest to visit Golden Circle as one of the first, because it is giving you a better understanding and impression of culture and nature in Iceland. As well, in my opinion, Golden Circle characterizes Iceland the most.
However, our first stop was Þingvellir National park (or Thingvellir National park written with usual letters haha). This park is around 9.270 hectares big and located in Southwest of Iceland. Park is designated to the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. While visiting this park it is possible to book and enjoy horseback riding, scuba diving, fishing and more. Area where park is located is still considered as an active volcanic area. For fans of Games of Thrones – some of the parts were filmed in this national park (and also other parts of the Iceland).
Next stop after Þingvellir National park was Geysir hot springs. Incredible experience. Strokkur is the most active one there and is interrupting in about every 5 minutes. You can see a short video here.
After exploring Geysir hot springs, we went to the Gullfoss. Gullfoss is the most powerful waterfall in the whole Iceland. This waterfall has an interesting story behind about its ownership. In the beginning it was owned by a farmer Tómas Tómasson and his daughter Sigríður. Later on foreign investors showed interest to generate electricity by using Gullfoss, and therefore waterfall was rented out, but because of the lack of money and unsuccessful investments Gullfoss was sold and today is owned by the state of Iceland.
Last but not least, after exploring and ‘gaining energy’ from all of the 3 destinations of Golden Circle, we took a relaxing break at Fontana Wellness.
Fontana Wellness consists of hot baths (around +38 celsius) and steam saunas. All of them are being heated up by hot springs. Next to Fontana Wellness is a lake if you want to cool yourself down. Fontana Wellness also offers you to try out their rye bread which is being baked in boiling sand. It takes up to 24 hours for this bread to be ready.
On the way back to the Reykjavik we stopped by the road to pet horses. Horses in Iceland are smaller than usual ones I have seen.
This was it from my trip to Golden Circle! Click here to see what I did during my last day in Iceland!