Day 8: Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon

We started our last full day in Iceland with the famous Golden Circle. 

This is one of the best things to do if you only have a couple of days in Iceland as it’s a mini version of the ring road. You can travel either clockwise or anticlockwise. 

Instead of starting at Reykjavík, we started from a small town called Selfoss and first went to visit a crater known as Kerid which formed about 6,500 years ago . Beautiful blue water at the bottom of the crater and you are allowed to walk both around the upper and lower perimeter, but the water is not safe for swimming. Obviously! 

Thereafter, we went to see  Geysir which also had the fumoroles and bubbling pots. Oh, that smell of rotten eggs again! Hot streams and acid bubbled everywhere. Very unearthly. The signs clearly stated multiple time to ensure that you do not touch the water or stray from the path. Icelandic people are wonderful but I can’t imagine they have much empathy for the brainless tourist who doesn’t follow the rules. The sign below the clear warning sign simply stated that “the nearest hospital was 62 km away.” Well said!

There are so many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and no matter how many we saw; they were all thrilling. Iceland’s biggest waterfall that is situated in the Golden Circle is called “Gullfoss” aka Gold Foss. It consists of two waterfalls with a gorge in between and “is a constant display of the thundering power that nature can unleash when it gets its act together”.

Next we went to Pingvellir National Park which is iconic in its beauty as well as its Icelandic history. This is also the area where you can see the rift between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Having finished the Golden Circle, we headed to the Blue Lagoon. This is a must in my opinion. Highly overpriced but it’s a fantastic way to finish the trip with being spoilt in this heavenly thermal bath with blue water set amongst rocky lava. It’s the ultimate Icelandic experience and worth the price. At least once.

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