On Monday, after a restful and relaxing weekend in Reykjavík, I joined Reykjavík Excursions on their tour of the Golden Circle.
While I prefer smaller groups, the larger bus and group was well compensated by a very good and knowledgeable tour guide. And for the next 8 hours she provided us with a lot of information on the sights we experienced.
We started off with the Geysir geothermal area with the star of the show: Strokkur .
The shoot up itself was good, if not spectacular. For folks who have been to Rotuara in New Zealand, the smell of hydrogen sulphide adds character (ok, foul smelling character) to the geysers experience. Here, in Iceland, it felt a bit anti climax. While Strokkur did it’s best to keep me engaged, I felt I was watching the stand by at a performance rather than the main act.
However the Geysir was just the appetiser. The main course and a delicious one I might add was the Gullfoss or the Golden falls.
With the icy conditions and the chilly winds, the falls came to life on its own. I felt that time stood still as the world around me gazed in awe as the water crashed onto the rocks and shouted aloud ‘Welcome to Iceland’. It was a beautiful sight to behold. I love waterfalls and seeing this one made me feel that finally I am embarking on a journey to embrace Iceland’s dramatic and changing landscapes.
Finally, our last stop was Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year .
Just the right way to end the tour. The walk was easy, the views gorgeous and the last leg of the tour fitting for what was a great start to my Iceland experience.