Today I was going to see the countryside on what is known as the Golden Circle Classic Tour.
The tour includes a visit to Thingvellir National Park – the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world. Then was going to see the Gullfoss, Iceland’s famous waterfall and finally to the Geysir area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.
My first stop of the tour was to see Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir). This is the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The park is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the where the continential plates of America and Europe meet.
Lava is seen here that had set into the landscape.
I was enjoying the day out.
Next I went to Gulloss the waterfall.
Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
After the waterfall I was off to the Geysir area. Due to the high rate of volcanic activity in Iceland, it is home to some of the greatest geysers in the world.
Geysers and hot springs that erupts into jets of hot water and steam.
The Great Geysir which first erupted in the 14th century, gave rise to the word geyser but this geyser rarely erupts these days.
The nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every 5 to 8 minutes to a height of some 30 metres.
The eruptions are every 5 to 8 minutes.
After seeing the geysers, I went to see the inactive Kerið volcano crater.
This volcano has not errupted for 3000 years.
After seeing the volcano, I went to the church at Skálholt.
The church at Skálholt is relatively large in comparison to most Icelandic churches.
I headed back to Reykjavík to check out the Icelandic girls in the nightclubs.
To be continued….
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