Day 2 in Iceland began bright and early as we prepared ourselves for a day of adventure of the Golden Circle tour. Our Golden Circle tour consisted of Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.
Our first stop was the beautiful Þingvellir National Park. This is location where the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate meet, just North of the largest natural lake in Iceland. The national park offers absolutely beautiful views of the Icelandic countryside and well worth its name as a World Heritage Site. This is definitely a must visit sight for anyone who appreciates geographical beauty like myself.
Our next stop was to the infamous Icelandic geysers, just a further 20 minute drive away. Again, this was another location of geographical beauty and somewhere I had wanted to visit for absolutely ages. These hot springs are a natural phenomenon and Strokkur, one of the most famous geysers in Iceland which erupts once every 6-10 minutes, is truly a magnificent sight to behold. The geysers are definitely a must see to anyone visiting Iceland.
Our final stop of the Golden Circle tour was the majestic Gulfoss waterfall. Funnily enough Gullfoss didn’t disappoint with fitting in with the trend of Iceland’s beauty! This picturesque waterfall really is postcard material, especially with the snow scattered around the countryside.
After the long drive back to Reykjavík and we had recharged our batteries with a quick nap, we headed out into the city looking for somewhere to eat. Our restaurant of choice was the ‘American Bar’, and after we had devoured some delicious BBQ ribs (and lots of Gull!) we headed to the harbour as we prepared ourselves for a Northern Lights cruise!
We boarded the ship and before we knew it, the tour guide was calling us on the deck below telling us to go the top deck as soon as possible. Low and behold, there they were, the Northern Lights! I couldn’t believe my eyes, the greeny pink rays danced in the night sky just above me – I was speechless. The sky remained clear throughout and we luckily got chance to see them all the way through the cruise. Sadly, our cameras barely managed to capture this beautiful spectacle, at least this gives me an excuse to buy a new camera!