In the last post I spoke a little about my time in Reykjavik, but I only briefly mentioned that we also took a trip around the famous Golden Circle, a rather popular 300km tourist route in South Iceland.
We rented a car and drove east of Reykjavik, through a beautiful lunar landscape until we reached Thingvellir National Park. The dramatic scenery here left me in absolute awe, even in the winter when everything is mostly covered in snow. We checked out Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland and went to hang out at Almannagjá. Here you can see the fissure zone running right through Iceland, and the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Exciting stuff!
Unfortunately it was really freezing, so we opted out of snorkelling at Silfra, another popular fissure zone. Instead we headed to Efsti-Dalur Farm, which was on the way to our next stop. Here we scoffed down some home made ice-cream and waffles made by the very sweet girl working there and we were kept company by some very zen cows.
After our lovely ice cream farm stop, we then headed to Geysir. Though the cold here got the best of us, it was wonderful to watch the Strokkur eruptions shoot up into the sky, reaching a height of almost 30 metres!
Then, we hopped over to Fridheimar, where we bought some wonderful gravlax seasoning to take home and warmed our vision with the glow of some beautiful crafted greenhouses growing plump and delicious Icelandic tomatoes.
Our last and final stop (and the most stunning if you ask me!) was the Gulfoss waterfall. An immense and sublime cascade of water and ice in this season it will leave you literally speechless.