On our last full day in Iceland, we decided to take things abit low-key. After crawling inside caves, climbing ice, dog-sledding, scuba diving in freezing Lake Silfra, horseback riding, and taking a dip into the blue lagoon, it was time to do Iceland’s most famous tourist route:
The Golden Circle.
First of all, When Arctic Adventures said they will pick us up in a Super Jeep, what they actually meant was a
Super Duper Giant Beast of a Jeep:
Granted, it’s common to see 4-wheel drives and SUV’s in Reykjavik, but getting inside this bad boy made me feel like GOLD.
King of the Road, y’all.
The 40 minute drive to Þingvellir National Park was so smooth and bump free.
Yet somehow, the dreamy ride didn’t prepare me for what I was about to see when we got out of the jeep.
This is what I’ve been seeing in postcards in souvenir shops in Reykjavik all along!
Gullfoss means “Golden Falls” and is Iceland’s most popular waterfall. And just in case you missed how massive this is, here’s another picture where I’ve written where the group of people are in the shot:
But Gullfoss isn’t the only pretty sight in the area. Just walking around to reach the falls was picturesque enough.
There are some National Parks (around the world) that look so perfectly drawn , they paint a pretty picture. But the rock formations in Þingvellir National Park are beyond pretty.
They have that raw and earthen quality that just commands respect and awe.
After all, it was here that Iceland found it’s first parliament in the year 930 AD
Soon after we headed to the natural geysers (geysir), and their geothermal action is quite contagious, I tell you!
This tour is part of Arctic Adventures’ Golden Circle Safari + Snowmobile tour.
If you want to see the Snowmobile action that we did after this , you can click here.
I personally think touring the Golden Circle is a must for everyone visiting Iceland. You don’t need to be an adventurer/sport buff to appreciate this. It’s done in a very leisurely pace and is suitable for all ages and fitness level.
And you know , it was here on my last day when I’ve mellowed down from all the activities that I finally quite understood what Icelandic hospitality is all about.
It is rugged, beautiful, unpretentious, and at times queer.
Iceland is not flashy. It won’t bombard you with it’s best foot forward on the first go.
At times you may get rough and dirty to discover the most beautiful things that will make you fall on your knees.
It requires you to be open to exploration, discovery, and exerting effort to see what’s beyond ‘pretty’.