See the major attractions of the Golden Circle and South Coast on this 14-hour private tour from Reykjavik. Enjoy personalized attention from your local driver-guide as you marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall as it plunges into a canyon; visit the site of one of the oldest parliaments in the world at Thingvellir National Park, watch as Strokkur geyser erupts and see the natural beauty of the South Coast.Description
First, drive around 30 minutes to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Althing, the Icelandic Parliament, was founded in 930. Learn about the history of the area and its high level of seismic activity. Continue 30 minutes to Laugarvatn lake and soak up the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains. Head another 25 minutes east into the Haukadalur valley where you will see Geysir, also known as the Great Geysir, as well as Strokkur, its smaller neighbor, which erupts every few minutes with bursts of sparkling blue water.
It's just a 10-minute drive to Gullfoss, the 'Queen' of Icelandic waterfalls, which plunges 105 feet (32 meters) into a gaping canyon. Next, head 20 minutes to Faxi waterfall, a little less known and smaller. For lunch (own expense) stop at Fridheimar, a restaurant in a greenhouse, to eat among the tomato vines. After lunch, start the South Coast part of the tour.
The South Coast
On the scenic journey south keep your camera trained on the road as you pass the dramatic landscapes of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier and jump out to admire the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Stand in awe before the 60-meter-high cascade, then enjoy a unique viewpoint as you walk right behind the falls. We visit LAVA - Iceland Volcano and Earthquake Centre is an interactive display of nature's epic forces that shape our planet and created Iceland.
Learn more about the region€™s untamed landscapes and the notorious 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano with a visit to the Eyjafjallajokull visitor center, then continue to another magnificent waterfall â€“ Skogarfoss. After passing the Myrdalsjokull glacier, your final stop is in Reynisfjara, where you can stroll the unusual black sand beaches and admire the natural sea arch of Dyrholaey. After an epic full-day adventure, sit back and enjoy the return journey to Reykjavik, where your tour ends with drop-off at your accommodation.Highlights
: Reykjavik, IcelandDuration
: 14 hours Voucher Redembtion
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