Iceland’s Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir in English which literally means “Parliament Plains”) in the Golden Circle region of Iceland is a UNESCO World Heritage site where the Alþing (Althing) open-air assembly,  like a Viking parliament representing the whole of Iceland (they would meet for 2 weeks each year and set the laws of the land and settle disputes … Continue reading

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Geysir & Strokkur

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Geysir & Strokkur

Geysir is the name of a presently dormant geyser in the Golden Circle region of south-west Iceland. This spouting hot spring was once known to shoot boiling hot water and steam up to 70 metres into the air. Although inactive for a long time, sporadic eruptions have apparently occurred throughout the last decade so you just never know when Geysir may … Continue reading

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

One of the highlights of travelling through the Golden Circle region of Iceland is the mighty Gullfoss waterfall (Golden Falls). In summer I imagine it is a wonderful green place with raging water cascading down 32 metres (105 feet) over two levels of falls 11 metres (36 feet)  and 21 metres (69 feet) in height. In … Continue reading

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Kerið Volcano Crater

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Kerið Volcano Crater

Not too far away from Faxi waterfall in Iceland’s Golden Circle region is the Kerið volcano crater. The dormant crater is one of a group of volcanic hills called Tjarnarholar or lake hills. It actually isn’t that huge at around  55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across but still makes for quite a sight as the 6,500 year old … Continue reading

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Faxi Waterfall

Iceland’s Golden Circle: Faxi Waterfall

The Golden Circle region of Iceland is a famous tourist route from Reykjavik into central Iceland that includes natural wonders such as waterfalls and geysers along with historic sites within the Þingvellir National Park. This whole area is bountiful with great scenery and during my visit it was a snow-covered winter wonderland. Known as the “small … Continue reading