The Secret Circle

The Secret Circle day tour is an interesting alternative to the Golden Circle. The main benefit is that it avoids the crowds and bring you to places rearly known to tourists.

The Secret Circle tour takes you to the Valley of Þjórsárdalur where we make a stop at Hjálparfoss and the Gjáin rift and continue from there to the magnificent waterfall Háifoss (the high waterfall). We drive from there towards the Gullfoss waterfall (the golden waterfall) but we see it from the other side where we can expect to be alone! Very few people come to this spot, the crowd will be on the other side and we will watch them from our side!

THE HJALPARFOSS WATERFALL

We start the tour by driving to the south coast, passing the towns of Hveragerði and Selfoss and towards the Þjórsárdalur valley. We´ll stop at the Hjálparfoss waterfall  and from there we continue to Gjáin, a beautiful rift. We continue towards the Háifoss waterfall, we´ll pass the geothermal powerstations in this area.

 

THE GJÁIN RIFT

THE HÁIFOSS WATERFALL

From Háifoss we return and drive back the Þjórsárdalur valley and towards Gullfoss waterfall. We´ll drive a road that lease to the highlands where very few people come, in order to drive to a parking from where we have to walk 15 minutes to arrive to the east side of the river Hvítá, overlooking the Gullfoss waterfall from the other side. This is a beautiful point of view, a totally other perspective of the same waterfall that thousands of tourists see every day, just from the west side.

THE GULLFOSS WATERFALL FROM THE OTHER SIDE

From Gullfoss we cross the Hvítá river (white river) and visit Geysir on our way to Thingvellir Naitonal park.

Geysir, the geothermal hotspring, or spout, is the one and only, the one that gave the word Geysir (or Geyser) to the world and other languages. It doesn´t erupte any more, the last time it erupted was in 1986 and it was provoked by pouring a lot of soap in to it. Now we watch his little brother, Strokkur, erupt every 8-10 minutes.

STROKKUR IN WINTER TIME

After enjoying the Geysir area we continue towards the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park where the national Parliament, Althingi, was founded by the settlers from Norway in year 930. We will see and discuss why the settlers chose this site for the parliament and we´ll stand on the same spot where the Speaker was standing when he addressed the crowd in front of him.

Þingvellir is also unique for the reason that you can see the two tectonic plates glide away from each other, the American one and the Eurasian one, the American moving to west and the other one to the east.

THINGVELLIR IN SUMMER

From Þingvellir there is only a 30-40 min drive to your accommodation in Reykjavík.