Iceland // Day Two – The Golden Circle

We completely lucked out with weather on our second day, as Iceland is traditionally very rainy and windy which is what the forecast had predicted. Alas, the sunshine fought through and we had a beautiful day as we made a short day trip outside of Reykjavik to the Golden Circle, which includes Þingvellir (pronounced Thingvellir), Geysir, and Gulfoss. Not sure why it’s called the Golden Circle since these natural attractions don’t actually form a circle of any sort, but someone named it that, and it stuck!

First stop – Þingvellir, the first Icelandic National Park, and also where they used to hold a lot of official governmental gatherings. Pretty stellar background for a meeting!

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Took a few stops on the road for some photo ops!

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Fun Fact: There are two sheep for every Icelander.

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Next stop: Geysir! We saw it erupt while we were driving, but luckily it went off every 7-8 minutes, not every hour like we thought!

Fun Fact: It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans.

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Last stop of the day: Gulfoss. I was eagerly anticipating seeing this beautiful waterfall and it did not disappoint. Rainbows all around!

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Hard at work 🙂

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Gorgeous horses along the side of the road…

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We got upgraded to a Chevy Cruise from a VW Polo! Made for a scenic and comfortable drive back to Reykjavik. DSC01083

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We could not have asked for a more beautiful, sun-shiney day in Iceland!

 

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