On this tour we decided to combine the geothermal area of Grindavik where the Blue Lagoon is the biggest highlight and the Golden Circle route. The Golden Circle is probably the most popular route of tourism in Iceland’s south country side. In this route you will visit the National Park of Þingvellir, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
How is our tour?
This day tour is going to start from Reykavik, heading to Þingvellir National Park which is situated on two tectonic plates. The Western one is the American plate while the Eastern one is EuroAsian. Þhingvellir National park is commemorated and remembered; it is huge and has its own lake.
Facts about Þingvellir
The significant feature here, however, is an ancient parliament and church. It is worth noting that in the English language, Þingvellir means assembly plains. These two words are only representing nearly 1000 years history in this area. Upwards, downfalls of country, as the importance for the area, for citizen and rest of Europe.We shall continue with the tour and go to the town of Laugarvatn and then to Geysir.
Geysir and GullfossA lot of tourists are unaware of the term Geysir which is actually Icelandic. Therefore, Yellowstone acquires its name from Iceland’s natural phenomena. In actual fact, the genuine Geysir, which is ancient is no longer active; however, visitors and locals noticed that activation could be enhanced, to make it vibrant again. A few meters from Geysir is Strokkur, which is active; it blows up every 8 minutes (more or less). A percentage of 99 of tourists visit this attraction.
Our visitors will also take a break in the Geysir area for some coffee or brunch and thereafter, we will proceed to Gullfoss waterfall.
This waterfall, Gulllfoss, will be our eastern point of this day tour.
Gullfoss is actually two separate waterfalls, the upper one has a drop of 11 metres and the lower one 21 metres. The rock of the river bed was formed during an interglacial period.Water flows over Gullfoss at an average rate of 109 cubic meters per second. The heaviest floods jökulhlaup (glacial outbursts) have recorded a flow of 2000 cubic meters per second. During the summer the flow is 130 cubic meters per second, which would take only 3 seconds to fill the building nearby showing tourists the history around Gullfoss.People were eager to exploit the power the potential of Gullfoss and manyplans for hydroelectric developments on the river Hvítá have been proposed back 1977 . It would have produced 2444 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually and doubled Iceland’s production of HEP at the time. The remaining water flowing over Gullfoss would have been approximately one-quarter of the normal summer flowThese days men are prone to make the claim, and not without good reason, that our country’s waterfalls hold much of the nation’s potential for the future, Based upon values measured in kilowatt-hours. But it is also essential for our nation’s welfare in the future that we remember that the country’s waterfalls also hold a potential on which we cannot place monetary value, that of hours of pleasureTherefore, on the way back, we are going to make a stop in Kerið crater which is open for visitors 24 hours each day.
The next stop we make will be in Hveragerði town and from there, we will drive to South West Icelandic coast to the Reykanes peninsula. This is a large area and Blue lagoon, which is our destination, is at the edge of Grindavík town.
Facts about the Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is an exceptional area in the world, offering natural wonders. Located against a lovely lava valley, the warm, creamy blue waters invite us to take a dip in this world-popular geothermal pool.
When the outside is 5°C, making it chilly, this 30°C dip can offer a wonderful treat. Also, lathering on the silica mud which is rich in minerals is believed to work wonders on the skin!
This is going to be our last stay on this tour except when travelers desire to experience and view elves and dwarfs in Hafnarfjörður!
Our tourists will choose whether to stop or not in areas related to Icelandic legends since spirits and beings are not proven to exist.