At the end of December, I couldn’t sleep. So I started looking up different trips. Because that’s what I do when I can’t sleep.
The whole reason I booked this trip to Iceland was so that I could see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The tour got cancelled due to the weather. I did, however, get to go on a Golden Circle tour and see some amazing natural wonders.
Þingvellir National Park
The first stop of the tour was Þingvellir National Park. As you can see in the pictures, it was still quite dark. Unfortunately, the sun didn’t come up until 11 am. That didn’t take away the beauty of the park, though.
What is really amazing about this park, is that you can see the edges of both the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plate. Iceland is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic rift is above sea-level.
We entered the park from Reykjavík and descended into a valley. Looking upon the face of this cliff, you can see the edge of North America. On the other side of the park, you arrive in Europe.
Geysir Hot Spring Area
From the National Park, it was only a forty-minute drive to the Geysir Hot Spring area. This is a high-heat area which means that there is magma close enough to the surface of the earth that it can heat the rocks and subsequently boil water. This water comes from Langjökull glacier and runs through a lava rock into this area where it gathers in an underground reservoir. When it reaches its boiling point, it erupts from geysers.
The last stop of the tour: the Gullfoss Waterfall. This waterfall is 32 meters high and while at one point people wanted to turn it into a hydro-electric plant, it has remained preserved.
If you ever come here in winter, make sure you dress warmly: the winds coming over the glacier are really cold!
Have you ever been to Iceland? Or have you seen the Northern Lights?