We had an early start on our third day in Iceland, so my partner grabbed us breakfast from the cafe downstairs, which we ate in our room.
Bellies full, we headed outside and waited for the coach to pick us up and take us on the popular Golden Circle tour.
As it was a rainy morning, it was still dark when we went out and didn’t get light until after 11am.
Once on the coach we started our tour. The first stop which isn’t part of the Golden Circle but is included, was a visit to Fridheimar Greenhouse.
Fridheimar grows 20% of Iceland’s tomatoes and has a restaurant serving tomato based food. Me and my partner shared a bowl of tomato soup and homemade bread.
Despite not usually being a fan of tomato soup, the one at Fridheimar was fresh, flavoursome and completely different in taste. My partner really loved it!
One of the unique foods on the menu at Fridheimar, tomato ice cream.
As it was getting light, it was time to head off and see the first attraction on the Golden Circle tour, the Geysir Hot Spring Area.
We arrived to a beautiful mountain backdrop.
Before walking towards the bubbling Geysers.
As Iceland’s a volcanic island, there are geysers which erupt shooting boiling hot water high into the air.
Geysir is the most famous geyser as it used to frequently erupt, sending water over 200ft in the air. As it doesn’t erupt frequently now, the main sight to see is the Strokkur geyser.
Strokkur erupts every 3-10 minutes and shoots water up to 100ft into the air.
I’ve included a link to my video of Strokkur erupting below, as it’s pretty special to see.
After seeing the geysers, it was time to move on to the second stop of our tour.
We drove on to see the magical Gullfoss waterfall.
Gullfoss means Golden Waterfall and it was my favourite stop of the day, due to the sheer power and beauty of the waterfall. I could have happily spent all day watching this natural beauty.
Link below to my video of Gullfoss.
And then it was time for the final stop, which was at Thingvellir National Park.
Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the world’s oldest existing parliament first assembled there in 930 AD. It’s also famous for it’s continental drift and striking landscape.
A link to my video of the stunning scenery at Thingvellir.
Part of the old parliament.
And finally, the part that fascinated me the most, the continental drift.
The Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates both run through Iceland and due to earthquakes, they’ve drifted further apart.
On the left side is the Eurasian plate and to the right is the North-American plate, which you can walk through the middle of.
Once you cross the bridge and turn right, you’re on the American tectonic plate and technically in a whole different continent. So within minutes you cross from Europe to America.
Us on the North American side.
As Thingvellir was the final stop on the Golden Circle tour, we headed back to Reykjavik.
We popped to the shops, relaxed in our hotel and then headed out for food.
We went to Grillhusid American Diner, which had a relaxed, retro feel.
After snacking all day we didn’t fancy a dinner, so we both had a bowl of ice cream with toppings. I didn’t get any photos as we scoffed it too quickly.
After a busy day we headed back to the hotel, ready for our last full day in Iceland.