Iceland, without a doubt has become one of the most popular travel destinations and now I know why, known as the land of fire and ice, it’s absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t stop taking photos and recording everything. Saying that, my vlog is already 25 minutes long and I’ve not even finished editing it.
I couldn’t have a scrolling session on Twitter without seeing someone’s blog link to their post on Iceland, making me insanely jealous and I just kept on dreaming about it. I knew I wanted to go away for my birthday and about a couple of weeks beforehand I asked my friend, Poppy (one of my favourite humans) if she could get the time off work and we only finally booked everything a week before leaving, I like to leave everything to the last minute apparently, as I did the exact same with my Copenhagen trip.
Finally, I’m getting round to writing out my thoughts about my time there but in a nut shell, it was bloody amazing. Yes, all the places are tourist filled but to be honest for good reason. We booked our excursions through Groupon so I’d recommend having a browse on there to see what deals you can find. The company conducting the tours was Reykjavik Excursions and we did the coach tours with them, they’re pretty flexible when it comes to changing times for your excursions and they have wifi on their coaches, BONUS.
The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route where you get to see 3 of the countries most beautiful sights, Þingvellir (pronounced Thingvellir) National Park, the Geysers and Gullfoss Waterfall. Our tour guide had a great sense of humour, she explained everything we were seeing and when we got to a destination we were given a length of time we could be there for and the time we needed to return to the coach to head to the next destination.
We started of at Þingvellir National Park which is where the North American and Eurasian plates have drifted apart. The park is surrounded by the largest natural lake in Iceland Þingvallavatn, which is a great spot for fishing- I’m telling you, I learnt so much on these tours. Also if you have a bladder that has an uncontrollable need to pee all the time, like mine (too much info?) then there is a toilet at this location which you need to pay for but if you need to go you need to go ya know.
We had about 30 minutes at Þingvellir before we headed back on to the coach to go see the Geysers (named Geysir and Strokkur) and it felt like each location was getting colder and colder. I was most excited to see this from the tour route purely because of all the pictures I had seen and it surpassed my expectations. It was totally awesome seeing water and steam shooting up into the air, plus it sounded really cool too. The geyser goes off every 4-7 minutes, so just hang around till you see it a couple of times.
There were a couple of food options at this stop too, so if you’re feeling peckish then you’re sorted. Poppy and I tucked into burger and chips and after being out in the cold for a considerable amount of time it was just what we needed.
The last destination was Gullfoss Waterfall, out of the three this was place that I knew the least about but which I found to be the best of the day. It was so damn beautiful I can’t even begin to explain and pictures just don’t do it justice, it’s one of those things you need to see for yourself. This was the place we also thought we were going to freeze, the wind was crazy and you could feel the water splash on to your face.
The Golden Circle is definitely something I’d recommend to check out if you’re heading to Iceland, you can do it through a tour company or you can rent a car and drive yourself. It’s truly amazing to see such natural beauties. Make sure you bring thermals and wear about 5 layers!
I hope you’ve found this post useful/interesting because I have so much more to share with you guys from the trip.
Have you done the Golden Circle or is it now on the bucket list?