The Golden Circle: We drive to Thingvellir and enjoy the historical and geological magic of this place. The Norwegian settlers established the parliament, Althingi, here in the year 930, which is therefore the oldest parliament in the world. We continue to Geysir to see the hot spring Strokkur erupt several times and from there we continue to the Gullfoss waterfall and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall for an hour. We then continue to our accommodation.
We start the day by driving to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the one you can walk behind and Skogafoss waterfall where we´ll have lunch. We visit the Sólheimajökull glacier for a 2 hours glacier hike. After the hike we continue to Dyrhólaey cape, enjoy the view as well as the rich bird life. In spring and summer time you can see puffins there. We continue to the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach where you can see this magnificent structure of basalt rock columns and inside the cave by the beach you can see where the architects of the Harpa Concert Hall got their idea for the sealing! We drive through the town of Vík and then continue to our night rest in Kirkjubæjarklaustur town.
We drive to Skaftafell inside the Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon. When in Skaftafell we start the day by hiking to the Svartifoss waterfall, a beautiful path and a magnificent waterfall that cascades down the basalt columnar rocks. After having lunch, we continue towards the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with all its icebergs, floating around and maybe with seals lying on it, relaxing. You just walk around it to enjoy the beauty and eventually you walk to the so-called Diamond Beach with the melting ice rocks. We do a boat tour on the glacier lagoon. Then we return to the accommodation.
We start our return towards Reykjavík. We now can visit places we might not have had time to on the way eastwards. We then continue towards Reykjavik, making a stop by the Urriðafoss waterfall and close to Reykjavík we will enter the Surtshellir lava cave. From there the drive to Reykjavík is 30 minutes.