"Golden Circle Tour" Iceland Things to Do Tip by whynotnorthcarolina
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Although some might refer to the trip as a tourist trap, since pretty much every tour agency does the route, it is actually a very nice trip.
Since the major highlight of visiting Iceland is seeing the scenery, its a nice way to see several different scenic highlights. My tour visited thingviller, the falls, and the geysir.
Thingviller is extremely beautiful. If you have the opportunity and are capable, you can walk through a relatively short path (3/4-1 mile) from the tourist office to a parking lot on the other side of the park. The walk takes you between cliffs that are part of the continental plates, you can see the lake, as well as various creeks. The water is extremely clear, I could see coins at the bottom of the creeks that people had tossed in.
The falls are a classic site, It is a double water fall and you can actually walk up to the the lower fall. However, the spray from the fall can make some sections of the path a bit slippery and treacherous. Only a simple post and rope fence (consisting primarily of one piece of rope attached through iron posts) keeps you from falling over the edge if you slip to close to the edge. Also, the climb near the falls, although not difficult, can be challenging for people who aren't in the best shape. However, you can get some great photos from the upper section of land that overlooks the falls. At least one glacier can be seen off in the distance.
A souvenir shop/restuarant it located at the top of the land and overlooks the falls.
The geysir is interesting, it appears to continually to spew forth water about every five minutes. However only one of the springs geysirs was very active. A small rope barrier of post and a single rope marks the supposed safe boundary of the geysir.
Also be on the look out for some of the small geysirs/springs- Got a wonder video of water literally boiling on the surface.
Address: Golden Circle Region, Western Central Icelnd
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