The Golden Circle - Iceland

12.18.2011


Most likely Iceland's grandest attraction, The Golden Circle consists of expansive landscapes like nothing you've ever seen before. The country is largely volcanic (and active) and the route travels through a multitude of rainbow colored panoramas, glaciers, geysers, lava fields, and yeah, that famous waterfall. The Golden Circle is definitely not to be missed. Read on...

The first stop after a morning of horseback riding through the unicorn-like valley  (can be done as a combined tour) was Thingvellir Park, where the North American and European plates meet, commonly called the Atlantic Rift. The water that flows here is so pristine, you can drink it fresh from the rocky crevasses. If brave enough to endure the frigid waters, you can also dive down the Silfra crack and swim between the 2 continents. Visibility is said to be 100m+ and rarely surpassed.

Next stop on the Golden Circle is the famous Gullfoss waterfall, which actually means "Golden Falls". I can't imagine it can be any more beautiful than it is during the winter near sunset. The misty blue water cascades around fluffy white snow and is set against a backdrop of pastel pink, violet, and yellow skies. Gorgeous! 
Last stop on the circuit is the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur. Although the valley is full of steamers, Geysir (from where all geysers inherited the term) and Strokkur are the most popular for their dependability of erupting about every 10 minutes. 
I learned that all too well when I tried to make my way back across the fully iced-over field in the dark. Suddenly that darn thing blew up 40 feet in the air right next to me and I thought "This is it, I'm going to sizzle to death in this boiling steam.." LoL!! But alas, I'm here to tell the tale... It's amazing to see how alive the earth is below our feet.

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15 comments:

Girlie Blogger said...

What a beautiful place. All the snow and mountain look amazing.

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Val said...

really nice photos! (thanks for your comment, i love b/w photos too.)
i must be beautiful place, it looks interesting.

CILLA B said...

Gorgeous scenery and pics. lovin the jacket
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Julia said...

It's soo beautiful!

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

I love seeing all your travels. What a winter wonderland.

Miss Vodka said...

Amazing photos!

LINDA said...

Amazing pictures! You are beautiful!

xo,

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Adele said...

Amazing shots, stunning scenery xoxo
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AmazinglyBe-AU-tiful said...

Love these pictures! You look stunning :)

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Elvisa said...

Looks amazing...!!!

Laura Nelson said...

That would be so scary,haha! It looks gorgeous there :)

Maiken said...

I'm not a fan of cold weather but Iceland does look beyond amazing! all the photos are beautiful :)

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Ingrid said...

wow this looks amazing! i'm following you now on bloglovin and gfc, hope you could do the same for me :)

Flights to Abidjan said...

All the pathos and irony of leaving one's youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.

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