Think of the happiest things. It's the same as having wings!

Srpread your wings and fly...

Think of the happiest things. It's the same as having wings!

Srpread your wings and fly...

Golden Circle

 For a good reasons, the Golden Circle has been very popular tour among visitors for a long time.

 The Golden Circle tour always includes Haukadalur Valley (Geysir area), Gullfoss (Golden Waterfalls), and Þingvellir National Park. Depending on your tour operator, you will have stops on another interesting points.

 My choice was Sterna Travel (lava-tunnel-and-golden-circle). Their offer best suited to my plans. Because they have full day sightseeing with opportunity to visit Lava Tunnel before your journey begins! 

Lava Tunnel

Lava tunnel walk

Friðheimar Greenhouse

 Friðheimar, a tomato farm with a restaurant inside a greenhouse,provides guests with an up-close look at a working greenhouse farm, one that uses natural resources like geothermally heated water to create a Mediterranean environment just outside the Arctic circle. 

Friðheimar Greenhouse

Friðheimar tomatoes

Friðheimar souvenir

Faxi waterfall

 Our next stop is Faxi waterfall. Faxi has been described as a small version of Gullfoss but of course not as powerful. The waterfall Faxi in the river Tungufljót in South region in Iceland is only twelve kilometers from the famous Geysir hot spring area. A photo option to capture the waterfall from the upper level is a good idea.

Faxi Waterfall

Haukadalur

Haukadalur Valley is located about an hour and a half’s drive inland from Reykjavík. This valley of hot springs and boiling mud pots is home to the record-holding "Geysir".

 Geysir has been quiet recently, but its eruption in 2,000 of over 400 feet (122 m) holds the record for the highest known geyser blast of all time.

 Strokkur, has more recently taken over the show. A little smaller, a little less experienced, but a whole lot more dependable.

Hot springs

Strokkur

Icelandic Horses

 The Icelandic horse is just how Iceland likes to perceive itself: little but strong. This is one of the oldest breeds of horse in the world.

 They have beautiful long manes and their markings are extraordinary. The Icelandic horses have sleek, glossy coats during the warm months, but devellope a furry, thick winter coats for cold weather.

 They were friendly too and seemed to love having their pictures taken.

Horse feeding

Icelandic horses

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss and its environments were designed in 1979 as a nature reserve. Situated in the Hvitá River in the Southwestern part of Iceland, it has two falls, of which the longest drop is 21 meters tall.

 Gullfoss gets it’s name from the golden hue that often shines in its glacial waters.

Gullfoss

Sigríður Tómasdóttir

Sigriðus is an important figure for the myth surrounding the waterfall. She lived all her live in Brattholt, a farm that still exists today. Sigriður and her sisters would often guide the visitors all the way up to the waterfall, they built the first trail that led down to the waterfall. She did not receive any official education but was well read and artistic. 

In 1907, landowners including Tómasdóttir's father, Tómas Tómasson, a signed a deal to allow the construction of a hydroelectric dam across the Hvítá River that would result in the submergence of Gulfoss. Upset by the deal, she took legal action against the development. Sigriðus efforts ultimately failed with the legal system but gained positive public attention. The lease contracts later were canceled and the hydroelectric project was never constructed.

Gullfoss

Sigríður Tómasdóttir

Þingvellir

 Þingvellir area lies on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, an enormous fissure which stretches between the Eurasian and the North American continental plates. As a result of the movement of the plates, Iceland experiences increased seismic and volcanic activity.

Þingvellir

Alþingi

 The Althing (the Icelandic parliament) was assembled for the first time in a valley at Thingvellir, in the summer of 930.

Lögberg (Law Rock) was the focal point of the Althing and a natural platform for holding speeches. Rulings made by the Law Council were announced, the calendar was confirmed, legal actions were brought, and other announcements made which concerned the entire nation.

Þingvellir, Öxará

Öxará

Öxará is a lake-to-lake river in Iceland in Þingvellir National Park, a tributary of Lake Þingvallavatn.