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Iceland Super Jeep Day Tour On The Golden Circle with River Rafting

www.adventures.is We take our course east from Reykjavík along the tabletop mountains and down to Lake Thingvallavatn. Here we stop to visit the National Park Thingvellir where you will see for your self one of only two tectonic rift valleys in the worlds, created as the continental plates slowly drift. Þingvellir is also the only UNESCO’s cultural world-heritage site in Iceland. From there we take the trail behind the picturesque shield volcano Skjaldbreid and along our second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. After about a two hours drive on mountain trails and some river crossing we get back to normal roads again just above Gullfoss waterfall. We will make a short stop and view the spectacular 32 meter high cascade before driving to the Geysir hot springs which are only 10 km down the road. At Geysir we will see a variety of geothermal pools and erupting hot springs, surely one of the highlights of any visit to Iceland. Drumbo river rafting basecamp is our stop for lunch and a great rafting trip on the glacier river Hvítá is the culmination of our adventure. The Hvítá is a beautiful river running through an amazing canyon, with fun rapids and a great optional cliff jump. Afterwards the showers and sauna are at hand before entering the road again. This trip offers an amazing ride through the landscapes and natural forces that have shaped and continue to shape Iceland.
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Iceland Tours, Golden Circle sightseeing tour | Icelandtotal.com


Golden Circle tour in Iceland, the most popular sightseeing tour in Iceland for years. The sightseeing tour takes you take you to the Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gullfoss waterfall and the famous Geysir geothermal area where hot springs and geysers are abundant. To book the Golden Circle tour, please visit Icelandtotal.com.

Iceland Luxury Tours – Golden Circle Snowmobile Tour

We headed off at 9:00 AM and the weather was superb, the sun was coming up and no clouds visible. After visiting Thingvellir national park and the Geysir geothermal area we headed to Langjokull glacier where the snowmobiles waited purring in the crisp white snow reflected the sunlight. This video clip was shot on the way back down from Langjokull and you can see the Gullfoss area straight ahead right below the snowline. When we got back to Gullfoss we had the classic lamb meat soup at Gullfoss Café which was delicious as usual and then headed back to Reykjavik with a short stop at Kerid crater lake in Grimsnes.
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“Golden Circle Tour – My Iceland adventure” Tiresidedown’s photos around Reykjavík, Iceland

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Reykjavík, Iceland by TravelPod blogger Tiresidedown titled “Golden Circle Tour – My Iceland adventure”. TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Tiresidedown’s travel blog entry: “A few months ago, I took a trip to Iceland with my business partner. Though he used to live there and has traveled to Reykjavik many times, the trip was my first. Indeed, it was my first international flight at all. Getting to Reykjavik from San Diego was a rather long trip in two parts. I generally have patience for flying and the second leg of the trip there was on IcelandAir with handy tv screens for in-flight movies. So, about thirty minutes of iPod audio book, all the magazines in sight, two trips through Skymall, about an hour of fitful half-sleep, a few meals and a few movies, and bam! it’s like you just show up. After we arrived, the time change was an adjustment. It helps if you’re an early sleeper like my friend Dave – I however am more of a night owl and the transition took a few days. The days are still useful days though, and the jet lag is just a by-product of going a significant way around the world. To keep this entry from being my full trip; I’ll skip to the chase! We were downtown and saw the Iceland Travel Market; these guys were great and helped me figure out the best trip for the time, money and interests we had. We packed in three things and did the famous Golden Circle tour. Link to Golden Circle Tour here. Though there
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Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour

Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour

Article by David Brooks

If you are planning a trip to Iceland, one of the tours you should look into is the golden circle tour. This will give you an experience of several of the country’s top tourist attractions.

Just what will you see on this tour? Generally, the “golden circle tour” consists of three prime locations, or attractions: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park all located in southwest Iceland.

Gullfoss (which translates as “gold waterfall”, whereas, ‘gull’ is gold and ‘foss’ is waterfall) is probably the most famous waterfall in Iceland and the one you will often see pictures of. It is located on the Hvita (white) River. It is a powerful site and certainly worth seeing. The falls drop in two steps and then the river turns sharply to the left, forming a fairly narrow and steep canyon.

“Geysir” is a hot springs geyser located in an area called Haukadalur. We actually get our word, “geyser” in English from Icelandic. Specifically, this geyser is called strokkur, which means “boy.” If you have ever been to Yellowstone Park, then you kind of know what to expect. Strokkur is smaller than the one in Yellowstone but it is no less beautiful. What is also different about viewing the geyser in Iceland is the visitors can get quite a bit closer to it than American safety standards would dictate. I am not saying it isn’t safe, in fact this is something I like about Iceland as opposed to America: fewer rules, i.e. you are a grown up and can look after yourself.

Next up on the golden circle tour, though not necessarily in this order, is Thingvellir. Thingvellir is the site of the original Althing, Iceland’s first parliament. It dates back to 938 A.D. That’s right; Iceland had a parliamentary democracy over 1000 years ago. This site is also located about 40 minutes outside of the capital city, Reykjavik. Thingvellir is also a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Icelanders traditionally came from all over Iceland to this spot annually. People bartered goods, resolved civil matters and decided on laws. It was also quite a social gathering I imagine. The site is right on a volcanic rift and you can walk between the rifts. There’s a beautiful waterfall and deep pools of crystal clear water, all off which flows out into a rather large lake called Thingvellirvatn, or “the water of Thingvellir.”

There are a few ways you can see this tour. First, you can take a tour bus which is the most cost-effective way but certainly the least personal and intimate. You can also choose to book a tour with one of the many jeep tour companies. This option is much more adventurous, personal and unrestricted, especially in terms of time. The jeep tour option can be more fun because most likely they will take you off road to see what the tour bus patrons will not. The third option, and also the most expensive, is to rent a car, secure a map and do it all yourself. Don’t worry too much about getting lost. Iceland is pretty easy to get around in and there aren’t that many roads that you would get massively confused as you might in a metropolitan area.

If you are only going to be in Iceland for a short time, the golden circle tour is a good option. It will give you a decent overview of some of the country’s highlights. But don’t think that these attractions are necessarily the best Iceland has to offer, they aren’t. In fact, Iceland has hundreds, if not thousands of natural wonders. If you ever have the time and wherewithal, I would recommend spending a couple weeks camping, hiking and exploring this natural wonderland, it is one of the most pristine wildernesses left on earth.

If you are looking for things to do in Iceland and are short on time, try the Iceland golden circle tour, it is pretty good as far as Iceland tours go. If you want a different idea try the Langjokull super jeep tour Iceland. Have fun! – David Brooks

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David Brooks is a freelance SEO consultant based in San Diego, CA.

Iceland´s Golden Circle Tour

Iceland´s Golden Circle Tour

Just what will you see on this tour?  Generally, the “golden circle tour” consists of three prime locations, or attractions: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park all located in southwest Iceland.

Gullfoss (which translates as “gold waterfall”, whereas, ‘gull’ is gold and ‘foss’ is waterfall) is probably the most famous waterfall in Iceland and the one you will often see pictures of.  It is located on the Hvita (white) River.  It is a powerful site and certainly worth seeing.  The falls drop in two steps and then the river turns sharply to the left, forming a fairly narrow and steep canyon.

“Geysir” is a hot springs geyser located in an area called Haukadalur.  We actually get our word, “geyser” in English from Icelandic.  Specifically, this geyser is called strokkur, which means “boy.”  If you have ever been to Yellowstone Park, then you kind of know what to expect.  Strokkur is smaller than the one in Yellowstone but it is no less beautiful.  What is also different about viewing the geyser in Iceland is the visitors can get quite a bit closer to it than American safety standards would dictate.  I am not saying it isn’t safe, in fact this is something I like about Iceland as opposed to America: fewer rules, i.e. you are a grown up and can look after yourself.

Next up on the golden circle tour, though not necessarily in this order, is Thingvellir.  Thingvellir is the site of the original Althing, Iceland’s first parliament.  It dates back to 938 A.D.  That’s right; Iceland had a parliamentary democracy over 1000 years ago.  This site is also located about 40 minutes outside of the capital city, Reykjavik.  Thingvellir is also a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Icelanders traditionally came from all over Iceland to this spot annually.  People bartered goods, resolved civil matters and decided on laws.  It was also quite a social gathering I imagine.  The site is right on a volcanic rift and you can walk between the rifts.  There’s a beautiful waterfall and deep pools of crystal clear water, all off which flows out into a rather large lake called Thingvellirvatn, or “the water of Thingvellir.”

There are a few ways you can see this tour.  First, you can take a tour bus which is the most cost-effective way but certainly the least personal and intimate.  You can also choose to book a tour with one of the many jeep tour companies.  This option is much more adventurous, personal and unrestricted, especially in terms of time.  The jeep tour option can be more fun because most likely they will take you off road to see what the tour bus patrons will not.  The third option, and also the most expensive, is to rent a car, secure a map and do it all yourself.   Don’t worry too much about getting lost.  Iceland is pretty easy to get around in and there aren’t that many roads that you would get massively confused as you might in a metropolitan area.

If you are only going to be in Iceland for a short time, the golden circle tour is a good option.  It will give you a decent overview of some of the country’s highlights.  But don’t think that these attractions are necessarily the best Iceland has to offer, they aren’t.  In fact, Iceland has hundreds, if not thousands of natural wonders.  If you ever have the time and wherewithal, I would recommend spending a couple weeks camping, hiking and exploring this natural wonderland, it is one of the most pristine wildernesses left on earth.

If you are looking for things to do in Iceland and are short on time, try the Iceland golden circle tour, it is pretty good as far as Iceland tours go.  If you want a different idea try the Langjokull super jeep tour Iceland.  Have fun! – David Brooks

David Brooks is a freelance SEO consultant and geothermal energy advocate.