Driving the Golden Circle in Iceland

Over the summer, we rented a car and took an adventurous road trip all around Iceland! After spending 24 hours in Reykjavik, we moved onto Iceland’s most popular route, the Golden Circle. There are three main attractions at the Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park; Strokkur, an impressive geyser; and Gullfoss, a huge waterfall. Typically the Golden Circle can be done in one day through a tour bus or by renting a car. Our day was PACKED (from 8am to 10pm) with sightseeing and wonder!

Þingvellir National Park

At the first stop along the Golden Circle, we walked around Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This park is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and known as the location where the national parliament of Iceland was established centuries ago. Besides the historic aspect of Thingvellir National Park, there were dramatic rock formations, a quaint little church and rich blue waters. We saw several people filling their water bottles from the stream—the water was that pure!

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Strokkur (Geyser)

There she blows! Our favorite part of the day was watching the geysers erupt. This site had the biggest crowd of tourists eager with their cameras, and luckily their active geyser named Strokkur didn’t disappoint. There was an eruption every 8-10 minutes like clockwork. Its adjacent geyser, geysir, has been inactive for many years, but is known to be the geyser that named all geysers.

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Gullfoss (Waterfall)

At the end of the Golden Circle was Iceland’s most popular waterfall, Gullfoss, meaning “Golden Falls”. This waterfall attracts a ton of rainbows on the sunniest of days. When we arrived to Gullfoss, there wasn’t just a double rainbow, but a triple rainbow! Truly a sight worth seeing!

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We walked around the edge of the falls and through the thick mist to get a good view from the other side. Luckily it was a sunny day so we dried off rather quickly.


Back on the Road

After the Golden Circle, we headed down Iceland’s South Coast to continue our adventure around Iceland!

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On our way, we stumbled upon a group of ICELANDIC HORSES—only the most majestic of horses!!! We had such a fun time petting the Icelandic horses.

Finally, we made it to our airbnb at an Icelandic horse farm in Selfoss. Since the sun didn’t set until midnight, we arrived really late, around 10pm. Luckily, our host Louise, was very welcoming and understanding!

What do you think is the most interesting site on the Golden Circle?

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  • Ahhhh LOVE the pics! I’m getting super pumped for my trip this summer; can’t wait to check out some of these places! Looking forward to the rest of your Iceland posts 🙂

  • These pictures are so beautiful! I can’t wait to read all the blog posts (especially how you almost died in Iceland– wait, what?!)! Seb and I REALLY want to go to Iceland, and seeing this just makes me want to go even more! Can’t wait to see where you guys go next 🙂