I’ve put off doing this post for a little while, because I really don’t have the words or pictures to properly describe this country. The experience of seeing Gullfoss is not something I will ever forget, one of the most breathtaking things I’ve ever seen.
We started out the day by leaving around 9, and after managing to navigate around Reykjavik we found a petrol station. We topped up the tank and started the journey along highway 36 to our first stop on the Golden Circle, Þingvellir National Park.
This National Park is known for the continental drift being visible between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. There are several rifts and fissures throughout the park, the biggest one called Almannagjá has created a huge canyon which you can walk up and up on top of. Some of the other fissures are filled with artic blue water and are apparently great for scuba diving and snorkeling. The views from the top of the canyon were stunning, looking over the lake and the mountains was a great way to spend the morning.
One of the main reasons we decided to rent a car instead of joining one of the many Golden Circle tours was the ability to take as much time at each place and stop whenever we wanted. This next gallery of photos were all taken at random stops in the side of the road, rather than at the three main attractions of the circle.
As we left Þingvellir and drove further inland the terrain began to change, and we were suddenly surrounded by snow and huge mountains. Along one of the straights there was a big pond of melted snow which caught our eyes. The perfectly still water was reflecting the snow capped mountains, an awesome sight indeed. The other photos were taken later on in the day when we stopped to pat some Icelandic horses who were hanging around the fence next to the road.
The next main stop on the Golden Circle was the Haukadalur geothermal area which is home to Iceland’s two most famous geysers, Strokkur and Geysir. Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes or so, and it’s funny watching the crowds of people (us included) hold their cameras at the ready waiting for it to blow. I managed to use the timelapse photo feature on my GoPro to capture several eruptions without having to try time my photo taking perfectly.
By far and away the highlight of the day was Gullfoss. An absolutely magnificent waterfall which lies along the river Hvítá. Truly a sight to behold, I’d seen pictures of it before but neither those nor the ones I have here capture just how massive and beautiful it is. I don’t really have that much else to say about it, but if you ever get the chance to come to Iceland then going to see Gullfoss is an absolute must.
Few more pictures of just the waterfall.