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Premium Golden Circle in a minibus

The Golden Circle tour covers some of the most popular highlights of Iceland. Þingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal hot-spring and Kerið Volcanic Crater. Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland. In the Geysir geothermal area we get the chance to observe the boiling hot spring Strokkur spout steaming water up to 30 meters into the air every 8 minutes. The iconic waterfall of Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, is only a 7 minutes’ drive from Geysir – located in the glacial river Hvítá which originates in Langjökull glacier, the second largest in Iceland. Its elegant and majestic form is like no other, where the torrential river water plummets in two steps down into a 32 meters deep canyon carved out by the glacia-river for thousands of years. Þingvellir National Park is not only a site of geological wonders, located in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, but also a place charged with history, as the site of the national parliament since 930. The Alþingi (assembly) at Þingvellir was Iceland’s supreme legislative and judicial authority from its establishment until 1271. In the final decades of the Commonwealth, there were clashes between chieftain families, which resulted in Iceland coming under the Norwegian crown. Executive power was strengthened under this new order, while legislative and judicial authority at first remained in the hands of the Alþingi, but was gradually transferred to the Norwegian and later the Danish rulers, until in 1662, the King of Denmark became the absolute monarch of Iceland. Þingvellir tells stories of geographical and political struggles, compromises and ongoing evolution. Þingvellir was accepted on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004. Around Iceland’s professional guides have extensive experience of the region. They will share not only the must see sites but local knowledge, great stories and personal recommendations. Travel with Around Iceland will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour. Highlights visited: – Volcanic crater Kerið (entrance fee included) – Geothermal Geysir area where Strokkur shoots up steaming water up to 30 meters in the air every 10 minutes – Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall tumbling 32m into the powerfull glacier river Hvítá – Þingvellir National Park, including the rift-valley and the Rock of Law, the site of the first Viking parliament. Included: English speaking guide Entrance fee to Kerið volcanic crater Pick-up and drop-off @ hotel or guesthouse Around Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients.

The South Coast in a minibus

This tour covers a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers along Iceland’s southern coast. As you work your way east from Reykjavík, Route 1 (the Ring Road) emerges into austere volcanic foothills punctuated by surreal steam vents, around Hveragerði, then swoops through a flat, wide coastal plain, full of verdant horse farms and greenhouses, before the landscape suddenly begins to grow wonderfully jagged, after Hella and Hvolsvöllur. Mountains thrust upwards on the inland side, some of them volcanoes wreathed by mist (Eyjafjallajökull, site of the 2010 eruption), and the first of the awesome glaciers appears, as enormous rivers such as the Þjórsá cut their way to the black-sand beaches rimming the Atlantic. The majestic Seljalandsfoss is the first stop on of the day, a waterfall where it’s possible to walk behind, a very unique experience in itself. From Seljalandsfoss we keep heading east along the south coast making our way towards the black volcanic beach of Reynisfjara. Vík is a village on the black sandy beach of the south coast and an excellent lunch stop. From Vík we start to head back to the city with a few interesting stops on the way. The first is by the roots of Sólheimsjökull glacier. Sólheimajökull is an outlet-glacier from Mýrdalsjökull-glacier, the 4th largest in Iceland. Outlet glaciers are channels of ice that flow out of ice sheets, ice caps or icefields, but are constrained on the sides with exposed bedrock. Sólheimajökull is a textbook example of this but because of the warmer climate, the glacier has been receding dramatically for the past decade. We walk from the parking lot to the edge of the glacier so please bring your good, solid shoes on this tour. On the way to Reykjavík from Sólheimajökull glacier, we stop by the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and hear about its hidden treasure reflecting in the rainbow before calling it a day. Around Iceland’s professional guides have extensive experience of the region. They will share not only the must see sites but local knowledge, great stories and personal recommendations. Travel with Around Iceland will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour. Highlights visited: – Seljalandsfoss where it´s possible to walk behind the waterfall – Skógafoss the 60 meter high impressive waterfall – Sólheimjökull – an opportunity of an easy walk to the edge of the glacier – Reynisfjara – a black sand beach with fantastic view of the ocean – Vík – a charming village in the south, with a stop at one of the oldest wool factorys in Iceland with a chance of shopping Included: English speaking guide Pick-up and drop-off @ hotel or guesthouse Around Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients.