Small Bus - Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir and more
Your adventure begins when your experienced guide picks you up in a comfortable minibus in the morning to explore the famous Golden Circle. Geysir Geothermal Area The Geysir geothermal area hosts hundreds of colorful hot springs and two geysers, erupting hot springs. One is called “Geysir” and name giving for all the geysers in the world. Today, however, it erupts very seldom. The other geyser is called “Strokkur” and erupts every 5 minutes up to 40 meters. Kerið Volcanic Crater A stunning volcanic crater with a lake in the middle which formed in an eruption 3,000 years ago. Some believe that it was formed in a vast explosion. The more likely theory is that the volcanic cone collapsed into its own magma chamber after the eruption finished. Kerið is the perfect location to learn more about Icelandic geological history and observe a mind-blowing natural wonder. Gullfoss Waterfall The melting water from Iceland´s second biggest glacier, Langjökull, falls into a deep canyon forming the majestic “Golden Falls”. On a sunny day, you can see the glacier Langjökull in the distance and enjoy a rainbow in the mist of the waterfall, an Instagram blockbuster waiting to happen! Traditional Dairy Farm and Free Ice Cream We visit Efstidalur farm owned by the same family since 1850. This Icelandic family-run business sticks to traditional Icelandic farming culture and focuses on cows and cattle breeding. You will be able to enjoy their tasty farm-to-table dairy products, see the stunning mountain view and see the friendly animals. Tröll Expeditions will invite you to taste the ice cream yourself and meanwhile watch the animals relaxing in the stable. Thingvellir National Park We visit the place where the two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian plate, are moving away from each other. Few places in the world offer a better and clearer view of this massive geographic activity. The biggest natural lake in Iceland is also located at Thingvellir National Park and hosts a great variety of fish and bird life. Thingvellir is also an important place for Icelandic national history. At Thingvellir Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 a.d. where the chieftains had their annual meeting every summer. The name “Thingvellir” translates to “Parliament Plains”. We avoid the big-bus crowds, which makes this tour so popular. Make sure you book soon for the best Golden Circle tour following the famous path and including our local favorites! Don’t over think it! Book this tour by selecting a date.
The crater Kerið was formed about 6,500 years ago and lies at the northern end of a row of craters known as Tjarnarhólar. It is oval, about 270 m long, 170 m wide and 55 m deep: the depth of the water at the bottom varies between 7 and 14 m.
According to an old tradition, a rise in the water level here is accompanied by a corresponding fall in the pond on Búrfell in Grímsnes and vice versa. Kerið lies in the Iceland´s Western Volcanic Zone, which runs through the Reykjanes peninsula and the glacier Langjökull. Traces of volcanism are not very obvious, since most of the eruption sites are low-lying and many of the craters are hidden by vegetation, but three craters in the Grímsnes area are clearly discernable and well-known features: Kerið, Seyðishólar and Kerhóll.
Our second stop is Gullfoss waterfall.
After Þingvellir you’ll be driven to Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most popular ones situated on the rafting river Hvitá, located about one hours’ drive from Þingvellir. On our way back, we’ll be sure to make a stop at the Geysir in Haukadalur Valley. As the geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes and at a height of about 20 meters, it is guaranteed that you won’t miss it!
Our third stop is Geysir.
On our way back, we’ll be sure to make a stop at the Geysir in Haukadalur Valley. As the geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes and at a height of about 20 meters, it is guaranteed that you won’t miss it! Depending on the weather and at your driver’s discretion, we’ll make a couple more exciting pit stops along our way to guarantee you have an unforgettable experience.
Efsti-Dalur II a well located cattle farm, with a hot tub that is warmed naturally from hot water springs, renting horses and offering lodging close to many of the most popular natural wonders of Iceland. We emphasize personal service and good local food.
Our first stop is Þingvellir National Park.
After picking you up from your preferred location in Reykjavik, we make our way to Þingvellir National Park where Iceland’s first parliament was established and is nowadays identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Park. You’ll get the chance wander around and explore the surrounding area at your own pace and see the fissure dividing the Eurasian and North American continental plates that can be found in the park as well.
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