We decided to check out some of the Golden Circle sights we hadn’t yet seen. The Golden Circle is a route in South Iceland which takes you to some of the most popular natural tourist sights in the area. I was particularly excited by the geysers. Starting in Selfoss, we began following the route towards Gullfoss.
Our first stop was at Kerið, an expired volcanic crater. Apparently Bjork played a gig here once, on a floating platform. As you do!
When we visited the water at the bottom was entirely frozen over. Kerið is vast. It’s quite intimidating to think lava exploded out of here once.
Geysir is a geothermal area filled with steam vents, bubbling puddles and geysers erupting high into the air.
The rock surrounding the volcanic sights is coloured red or green from the minerals and acids in the water. The whole place feels quite surreal.
We witnessed Strokkur erupting every few minutes but the Great Geysir was quiet, as expected as it’s now dormant.
Icelanders eat ice cream in all weather and we couldn’t resist joining them when we found an ice cream stand. They have an epic selection of toppings and you can find ice cream for sale in most places.
Just a few minutes down the road from Geysir is Gullfoss. A massive waterfall with great viewing points. As it was Winter the surrounding area was covered in a thick blanket of snow and parts of the waterfall were frozen.
There are plenty of organised tours which will take you to the Golden Circle sights. However I would recommend doing it yourself if you can. I loved being able to spend as long as we wanted in each place.
Whilst the Golden Circle is a highly popular tourist route, it didn’t feel over crowded. You get bus loads of people turning up in places, but there’s enough room for everyone. My favourite part of the route was definitely Geysir. I could stare at volcanic stuff all day. It felt like no where I had ever been before and I was fascinated by it.