No trip to Iceland would be complete without visiting some of Iceland’s most popular attractions and it’s capital city Reykjavik and the golden circle.
Reykjavik is certainly doesn’t feel like a capital city, but rather more like a small, hip coastal town. It’s colourful streets are lined with hipster cafes, small boutiques and gift shops.
The Golden Circle
The golden circle is home to Iceland’s most visited tourist destinations. Thingvellir National Park and rift valley, Gulfoss waterfall and the most famous geyser Strokkur, which erupts every 10-15 minutes. These locations can get crazy busy, even in the low season. Bus loads of tourists arrive throughout the day. If you want to get great photographs, you’ll probably want to get there early in the morning. The whole area can be seen on a day trip from the capital. But the best way to see it is to stay overnight. We chose to stay in the town of Laugarvatn and enjoyed a night relaxing in the geothermal baths.
When in Iceland, you need to schedule in a trip to the Blue Lagoon. Not far from Keflavik Airport, it’s a great way to start or end your trip to Iceland. We did it at the end of our trip, which meant we left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. We spent most of our time in the main outdoor water area, which has different areas where you can find free mineral mud masks. There’s even an in-water bar where you can buy drinks. Getting out of the water can be a bit of a shock, going from warm to cold, but you can soon warm up in one of the natural saunas or steam baths. As with the golden circle, it can get super busy. We went in the evening after 6pm and a lot of the big coaches were leaving so it did get quieter.
The Golden Circle