Combine the three famous sites of the Golden Circle with three classic Icelandic experiences: visiting a geothermal greenhouse, hot spring bathing, and northern lights hunting. You’ll also have a luxury dinner. This tour is perfect for those who want to transform a standard sightseeing tour into a day to remember.
This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík, and taken to Þingvelllir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the three places on the Golden Circle. This Park is located in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and is incredibly beautiful due to the tension between these plates; it is riddled with deep fissures filled with clear water, and covered in lava fields crowned by moss.
After enjoying the landscapes and history here, you will move onto Friðheimar Tomato Farm. This attraction is a fascinating place, where an oasis of produce is grown to be consumed across Iceland, thanks to greenhouses that harbour the earth’s geothermal energy. You’ll taste their famous tomato soup, and maybe have a moment to meet the horses.
You’ll then head to the two other sites of the Golden Circle, which are sat conveniently close to each other. The first of these will be the Geysir Geothermal Area. In the valley here, you will see many steam-vents, hot springs, and of course, an exploding geyser. While the area’s namesake, and the namesake of all other features like it, Geysir, is currently inactive, the nearby Strokkur erupts very regularly.
Finally, you will reach Gullfoss, a mighty two-tiered waterfall in the glacial river Hvíta. All in all, its over thirty metres tall, and incredibly powerful. It’s name translates to Golden Waterfall, and while no-one is certain as to why, the feature is so mesmerising it named the entire rest of the Golden Circle.
Having enjoyed these sites, you will head to the farm Efstidalur, where you can try some local dairy delicacies, such as a yoghurt-like cheese called Skyr as well as some of the country’s best ice cream. You’ll then head to the Fontana Spa, and head into the geothermal pools to ease off any stress built up over your busy day.
The day is not done yet, however, as next on the agenda, as soon as you have fully recharged, you will head to a nearby restaurant for a lovely dinner and dessert.
After you’ve eaten, it’s time for the final component of this tour: the Northern Lights hunt. Of course, as a natural phenomenon, sightings can’t be guaranteed, but your guide is an expert in finding them and you have all evening to seek out the best spots. Even if you don’t catch them this time, you can get another go at this part of the tour for free.
If you do see them, however, prepare for an incredible experience. The aurora borealis are as magical and beautiful as they appear on film and in photos.
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