Begin your sightseeing about 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik at the Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is so named as it is a cultural, historical, and geological gem. The Icelandic Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established here in 930 AD and continued to meet until 1798. Over two weeks a year, the assembly set laws - seen as a covenant between free men - and settled disputes. But your experience will be different as you walk through the geological fault known as Almannagia to that location where that assembly was held. Taking advantage of the geology of the area will enhance your day as well as demonstrate the result of Icelandic fresh air in your lungs.
Excitement is building as you power along the highway. Your stop at Gullfoss waterfall, which is considered by so many as one of the most beautifuli in Iceland, will be memorable. Designation as one of the most magnificent of Iceland's waterfalls will be best understood once you are there as waterfalls seem to be everywhere - but they are not created equal by any means!
Finally, head to the glacier Langjokull where you will disembark your super jeep and board a snowmobile. Your self-driving experience will be on or by the glacier. These easy to ride snowmobiles will give you double the fun as you are introduced to the background of glaciers while zipping on top of one. If this doesn't deliver exhilaration, nothing will!
The last of the Golden Circle is a stop at Haukadalur Valley at the Geothermal Area. Here you will learn why Iceland has benefitted from the earth directly as it has been using geothermal energy for thousands of years. By simply using the power derived from the Earth’s internal heat, hot water is the least expensive commodity in the country. This may be best understood while watching the spouting geyser Strokkur eject a giant plume of steam in conveniently spaced intervals of about 5 minutes apart. The entire area is a thermal field of hot springs, bubbling pools and spattering steam vents, visible as you walk towards the big geyser.
Departures: 08:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - The snowmobile portion of this program is one hour.