Green grass and small mountains that lock a cold river, a series of waterfalls who help to create thin rainbows all over the sky. Fields decorated with lavender and yellow flowers, the foreign smell of wet ground and a diverse show of colors in the sky, blue or grey, it’s gonna make you company as it helps the wide panoramic view shook you to the core. A fairy-looking land surrounded by water and ready to be explored by the curious.
Iceland is a piece of geological art, a matchless volcanic terrain of dramatic skies, blue boiling water earth. Tremendous waterfalls and thermal lagoons. If you ever wondered how the earth was shaped from the beginning when Mother Nature forced its way to create something wonderful in the empty ground, by exploring the Golden Circle, a small but filled with distinct scenarios region, question and doubts will be responded.
The Golden Circle tour
As soon as you arrive at Reykjavik, an exensive and mossy lava field that gives a darker tone to its bright surroundings, will make you believe that no one lives in Iceland beyond the city limits. It might be true somehow but there’s something appealing about Reykjavik and its strong natural beauty. Blao Lonia (Blue Lagoon) is a big, blue and green mix, geothermal spa lake that provides swimmers a humid lukewarm experience but also gives in the strength to heal freely.
Contrasting harshly with the black and green makeup of the remaining of volcanic traces of the eruption that surrounds it, this spectacular lagoon is a 45 minutes drive away to the south of Reykjavik. Supported by the steaming natural pipes of a geothermal power establishment, it is as hypnotizing, mysterious and captivating as a Star Trek planet set.
The Lagoon’s blue pastel water, decorated with a layer of mist, is assorted with cooling seawater, silica mud and blue-green algae, the water is changed every 24 hours and it’s just as clean as everyone pleases, at a 34-36° C temperature. Delicate and comfortable enough, it relaxes your body as you sink into it. Once the water takes away any tension, a big range of different spa services is available, from massages to face masks. You’d be wishing all the public pools you’ve visited before were like this one.
Meet the geysers
The two-hour travel from Blue Lagoon through a black rustic volcanic gravel path gets you around the ‘disappearing lake’ of Kleifarvatn. Heading straight to the south, the impact of sulfur will be felt by everyone welcoming the visitors to the Krysuvik Seltún’s geothermal area. The underground level of the water reaches 200° C, the scent of sulfur can be desperate at times but it takes to hold your nose for a worthy hike through grey mud pools bubbling nonstop, with yellow fissures that resemble an Egyptian desert and green vents that blow deep from the bottom.
From Krysuvik a long but enchanting track that leads you to Selfoss and Reykholt to Geysir. Strokkur, the most vigorous active geyser, close to small boiling pools and a blue as a sunny sky mineral pool, you will have to wait for the show to begin every 20 minutes when the water explodes and touches the sky 25 meters up, looking happily and expanding till it disappears into drops and smoke, driving the people close to get slightly wet and run away from the place like little kids to get close again as curiosity hits.
Heading to the north, Gullfoss powerful waterfall is almost as unbelievable until you get close enough to believe it with your own two eyes. Forming from the torrents of the Hvíta River, it falls 32 meters down creating two tiers into a narrow canyon. Mushrooms will pop up on the way up and on sunny days, you can admire the rainbows over the falls. The first thing to pack for this occasion is: a waterproof jacket, don’t forget it in your baggage!
Ride on horses around the green heaven
A fascinating drive led by small Icelandic horses will take you to Thingvellir, one of the country’s most lovely places, on the shores of Iceland’s biggest lake, Thingvallavatn. Thingvellir is at the edge of Eurasia and North American tectonic plates, which keep separating from each other 2 cm each year. The wide 40-meter rock connected through waterfalls is the meeting point of the continents.
It gets easier to fly to Iceland since the prices can be affordable for tourists. Iceland offers flights from different places around Europe and the United States. If you plan to hire a car, please check the information about the tracks where you can drive on. Blue Lagoon is designed to be on Icelandic approaching roads. The spa is open from 10 am to 8 pm. In winter (1 September – 14 May) and from 9 am to 9 pm the rest of the year.
Pack your comfortable and warming big clothes for this country that awaits with never-seen-before paradises that will leave you with great memories. The cold friendly weather and the landscape of your life are here to lift your emotions all at the same time, leaving you unexpectedly speechless at such natural beauty that resides in the Golden Circle.
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