Following a day of gallivanting around Reykjavik, it was time to discover the natural beauty of Iceland.
A Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is volcanically and geologically active with the majority of the country consisting of sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers.
So it’s no surprise that Iceland is teeming with natural beauty. One of the most popular scenic routes for tourists visiting Iceland is the Golden Circle which covers about three hundred kilometres and includes the Gullfoss waterfall, the Thingvellir National Park and the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.
Our journey began with a stop at the Faxi waterfall, a less crowded (and much smaller) version of Gullfoss but beautiful nonetheless.
We then moved on to Gullfoss, the most iconic and most popular waterfall in Iceland. Located on the Hvítá (White) river which leads to Iceland’s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull.
The water plummets down thirty two meters in two stages into a rugged canyon with walls reaching up to seventy meters in height. Visitors are able to view the waterfall from both stages of the canyon with the lower stage being open to the public only in the summer.
A deep expanse of gushing water, laced with snow!
They say that on a sunny day you can see rainbows glittering away over the falls. Unfortunately, I had no such luck as the day was entirely grey and wet! The fog-like view you see here is a concoction of spray from the waterfall and the constant drizzle of the day!
The next stop on the Golden Circle tour was the Thingvellir National Park; a picture perfect view, perfect enough to be the location for the filming for Game of Thrones.
Attempting my best Khaleesi impression. It’s safe to say that I failed miserably.
Sitting along the border between the North American and European tectonic plates, Thingvellir National Park spans across a mahusive ninety three kilometres of land.
Thingvellir is also associated with the Althing, the national parliament of Iceland, which was established here in 930 AD with sessions being held until 1798. The National park was founded in 1930 and later expanded to protect the diverse and natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Feeling very Arya Stark trying to protect my castle in Winterfell.
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get any photos of the geysers, Geysir and Strokkur but the overcast day, the constant drizzle paired with the fact that geysers are actually not very pretty things to take photos of, I was not motivated at all to capture it all.
As beautiful as the overall tour is, weather is definitely an important factor when visiting Iceland as so much of the sights and activities are outdoors. I can only imagine how much more incredible the landscape would have looked either dusted with a layer of glittering snow or basking in the sunshine under clear blue skies!
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