When you are talking about Iceland, you are probably mentioning one of the following things: The special dinner Hákarl made of shark, the success of the Icelandic football team in the European championship in summer 2016, or the rough nature, which is claiming huge parts of the area on the whole island. If you are talking about the latter, there is a good chance you mean the most famous tourist attraction in Iceland, the so-called Golden Circle.
Why the Golden Circle is famous
The Golden Circle, which is named „Gullni hringurinn“ in the language of the residents, is a route combining a variety of tourist attractions in Iceland. The sights are natural locations which welcome you to take photographs of the picturesque scenery, to be blown away by the stunning landscape or to just go back to the roots of pure wilderness. The Golden Circle is located in the south-western region of the island and reaches from the coast to some areas in the middle of the country. This way, the sights include locations from the coast in visual range of the breathtaking shore to wide areas of nothing but green or white, depending on in which time of the year you decide to visit Iceland.
The Sights of the Golden Circle
There are three major sights in the Golden Circle, which can all be visited in one day, but of course can also be combined with other tours or be gone to on consecutive days. One stop is the beautiful scenery of the Thingvellir national park. The plain area is stunning in every way. As a geological interesting region with rifts and volcanos, it offers an insight in the untouched beauty of Iceland. Furthermore, the geysers are worth a visit because of their stunning showcase of the power of nature. The best of all is that they are regularly active, so you will not leave without seeing a geyser in action. Last but not least, the „Golden Waterfall“ Gullfoss calls for you as a sight of nature embedded in a breathtaking scenery.
Taking the Golden Circle Tour
For most tourists, the route starts in Reykjavík. Most people come to Iceland by plane, land in the international airport Keflavik and stay overnight in a hotel in the capitol. This way, the trips can start the morning after their arrival when you are relaxed after a good night of sleep. In the morning, you have various options to take the route of the Golden Circle. You can take one of many busses which start in Reykjavík. As a part of a group of tourists, the tour usually takes the whole day to go to the three most frequently visited locations, including stops for taking pictures. It can take up to 10 hours, depending on which tour is taken exactly. The pure time of traveling is estimated to be for to five hours.
Of course, traveling by car with your family or your friends is more individual, but also related to more stress. Golden Circle Jeep Tours offer the best of both worlds for tourists who want the freedom of traveling in small groups and an individual experience.