We did this route coming from the west and stayed in a hotel near Gullfoss but these three sights are often visited on a day trip from Reykjavík. While Reykjavík is a lovely small city we would definitely recommend trying to see some of Iceland’s incredible countryside if you are able to at all. This circle (or triangle) consists of three main stops, Þingvellir , and Gullfoss.
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) was our first stop – a national park which lies on an intercontinental tectonic plate where the national assembly, or Althing, met for 800 years from 930AD. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and we had a lovely stroll down along the rift, overlooking the plains of the grass covered lava fields. We spent a couple of hours here, there are lots of walking paths and the views are stunning.
Next stop was the Geysir fields of Haukadalur, where the impressive Strokkur came to the boil every 5-10mins.
A short trip down the road is the very impressive Gullfoss (foss are waterfalls), where we were able to walk along the boardwalk overlooking the falls but the lower section was closed off due to weather. The power of the water was palpable and the view spectacular. There is a big tourist café and shop by the carpark if you need to stop to get refreshments or random souvenirs!
Let us know if you’ve traversed the Golden Circle or if you have any questions about our trip!
Cilian and Chloe