Thursday called for another day on the coach, this time completing the Golden Circle Trip seeing some of the most iconic sites in Iceland. Followed by a perfect unexpected end to the day… the Northern Lights!
Thursday 24th January (Day 4)
The first stop was Þingvellier National Park, which tells a huge amount of history about Iceland and provides stunning views. The valley sits between two tectonic plates (North American and Eurasian), being one of the only places in the world that you can see this continent division above sea-level, it holds a lot of value to the locals and is incredible to see.
Just when we thought the waterfalls couldn’t get any better, we visited Gullfoss Waterfall… wow. As you can see in the pictures below, it is HUGE and completely stunning with two-tiers and a 32 metre drop into a rugged canyon. Visiting in the Winter, you can see tonnes of icicles, yet if you visit in the Summer you can be pleasantly surprised with a rainbow, how cute?! No wonder the name translates to ‘Golden Waterfall’.
Another popular tourist sight in Iceland is the Great Geysir, also known as the hot springs in the geothermal area. Eruptions happened every 3-5 minutes which were crazy to watch, especially since you can stand close enough to see the pressure building up.
The final stop on the Golden Circle Tour is ‘Kerið‘ also known as a crater. Considering we were fortunate enough to have thick snow on our visit to Iceland, it did mean that the crater was hidden in a white sheet of snow so we didn’t actually see anything.
After another long day we had an evening social with a music quiz at Bar Lebowski in the centre of Reykjavík. The drinks were super expensive (everything in Iceland is on the pricey side), but the quiz was great and was a great opportunity to have a good time with everyone else on the trip.
We left the bar at around 12am and as we were walking home we happened to stumble across the Northern Lights, it was complete and utterly unexpected. It’s fair to say we got extremely giddy and ran across the road to the coast where we could see them better, despite accidentally stepping in snow that was about 30cm deep, but it was 100% worth it! This meant we ended up staying out looking at the sky until almost 2am. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, on the walk back to the hotel we saw a shooting star, this was such a perfect end to the night.
Read about the rest of my Iceland trip here…