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The Golden Circle


What is the Golden Circle?

This 300-kilometre route usually begins in Reykjavik and encompasses some of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, including gushing waterfalls, geysers and geothermal areas.

There are numerous guided coach tours that take you through the route, or you can drive it yourself in a trip that takes about three to four hours, depending on how often you get the urge to stop the car to snap photos of the breathtaking landscape around you.

Stops on the Golden Circle

Some of the main destinations on the Golden Circle route are Þingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal area in Haukadalur Valley. These are the most popular sites to visit, especially if you are doing an organised tour.

However, there are a number of other, somewhat off-the-beaten-track places you can see along the way as well. One of these is Kerið, a volcanic crater lake with a mesmerising deep blue colour.

You can also take a detour to the Secret Lagoon, a geothermal pool that's much less crowded than the super popular Blue Lagoon.

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