On this tour you’ll visit Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss, with a relaxing soak in the Secret Lagoon, (Icelands oldest swimming pool) after you’ve taken in all the sights. You’ll see fascinating geology, beautiful countryside, exploding geysirs and Iceland second largest waterfall Gullfoss.
The National Park Þingvellir
We will visit the National Park Thingvellir [Þingvellir] where the Icelandic history and great geological wonders come together. In Thingvellir, a parliament was established in 930 but there is also where the two tectonic plates meets, the North American and the Eurasian plates.
Most of the water comes from the glacier Langjökull [Long glacier], running along underground channels for 20-30 years, filtering the water. Therefore it is so clear, fresh… and cold.
Geysir geothermal area
We will go and walk among the bubbling hot springs in the Geysir area. Strokkur, a fountain geyser, is famous for its frequent eruptions, every 5-7 minutes. It sometimes can erupt to 40 meters height. Blesi the google looking volcanic spring. At the geothermal area one can take a look at this very special spring. The southern pool is clear with hot water but the northern pool is cold and blue color.
Gullfoss The Golden Waterfall
One of the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. Located in the river Hvítá [White river} that runs from the 2nd biggest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull [Long glacier]. If visibility is good we might be able to see the mountain ridge Jarlhettur from the upper parking at Gullfoss . The ridge is 15 kilometers and consists of 20 mountains with the ice cap Langjökull [Long glacier] in the background.
Relax in the Secret Lagoon with its magical surroundings at the end of the day. The warm water stays at 38-40°C (100°F) all year. The Secret Lagoon was made, from natural geothermal resources, in 1891 and is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. Swimming lessons took place there from the year 1909 until 1947 when the new pool at Flúðir opened. Around the Secret Lagoon you find several hot springs where the steam is rising into the air and gives the surroundings a fairy like feeling. The kind of cute looking geyser, Litli Geysir [Little Geser], is erupting every 5 minutes, showing off for those relaxing in the water.