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Iceland's Natural Wonders

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A May 2013 trip to Iceland by Joy S

Golden Circle views Photo, Iceland, Europe More Photos
Quote: Some of the amazing natural wonders we saw during our week in Iceland

Driving the Golden Circle

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Golden Circle views Photo, Iceland, Europe
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We booked a hire car in advance of our trip to Iceland and spent the first day driving around the famous Golden Circle. We had read various reports of how driving in Iceland can be a bit nerve wracking and that the roads are tricky to say the least - have no worries if you want to explore the Golden Circle yourself by car, the roads are all fine, everything is well signposted and we had absolutely no problems. We had a 2 wheel drive vehicle and were fine with that. One tip though, do take out gravel insurance when you hire the car - the roads were fine, but very gravelly and apparently some tourists get hit with big charges for gravel damage to the car chassis when they return it. Better safe than...Read More

Thingvellir/Þingvellir National Park

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Attraction | "Thingvellir National Park"

Thingvellir/Þingvellir National Park Photo, Selfoss, Iceland
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This is the first main stop for most tourists on the Golden Circle Route - we followed suit and made it our first main stopping point as well. It took about an hour to get here from Reykjavik - a lovely drive full of wonderful scenery and awesome mountains.Thingvellir is a really fascinating place - we stayed for a couple of hours, there is a lot to see and explore. Most tourist buses seemed to just hang around for about half an hour, in my opinion you need a lot more time that that to make the most of this UNESCO world heritage site and the most important historical site in Iceland.There is plenty of free parking, then a small visitor's centre close by. They had an exhibiti...Read More

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Thingvellir/Þingvellir National Park
Route 36
Selfoss, South Iceland
+354 482 2660

Geysir

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Geysir Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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We headed for Geysir as the second stop on the Golden Circle drive. It took us about 45 minutes to drive there from Thingvellir, our first stop. The sat-nav wanted us to take a non paved, gravel track which was probably officially a road and a short cut, but we decided against that and stuck to the main road.Look out for the town of Laugarvatn - about 200 people live in this town spread around a hot spring lake. You can rent kayaks or rowing boats and paddle around the lake.When we arrived and parked at Geysir, we noticed this area was a bit warmer than everywhere else - the temperature was definitely higher - apparently due to the hot springs in the area.There i...Read More

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Geysir
Geysir
Reykjavik, Iceland

Golden Falls (Gullfoss)

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Attraction | "Gullfoss Waterfall"

Golden Falls (Gullfoss) Photo, Iceland, Europe
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This is the last stop on the Golden Circle tour. It is a very easy and short (just about 15 minutes) drive from Geysir and is the most famous waterfall in Iceland. It is stunning, glorious, nature at its very best - you absolutely must see Gullfoss.There is lots of free car-parking and beside that a visitors centre with cafe and shop. We parked, got ready to explore, then a huge black cloud settled overhead and it poured and poured with rain. We hunkered down, ate chocolate and waited for the rain to pass. That is the great thing about Iceland, the weather changes so often, even if there is a storm, it does not stay around for long.This is definitely my kind of waterfall. ...Read More

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Golden Falls (Gullfoss)
White River
Geysir

Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Imagine this - you can go to the beach and swim in the sea in Reykjavik at any time of year - whatever the weather, whatever the temperature, the water will be warm! We wanted to see this interesting beach for ourselves.We visited on the same morning we went to the Perlan. If you stroll through the woods behind this tourist building, you eventually come to the coast and the geothermal beach. It is open in summer every day between 10 am and 7 pm. Summer in Reykjavik is 15 May to 15 August. Opening times are reduced in winter. Admission is free in summer, in winter it costs 500 ISK.The sea around Reykjavik is far too cold to tempt swimmers - except for the sea here. Apparen...Read More

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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
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Reykjavik, Iceland
511 6630

About the Writer

Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom