Thingvellir National Park
Our adventure begins when we collect you from one of our designated collection points in Reykjavik and make the scenic 40-minute drive to Thingvellir National Park – the first stop on the iconic Golden Circle Route. Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is steeped in both historical and geological significance. It is home to Althingi a sparsely populated icy plain where a group of Viking nobles gathered in 930 AD for the original Icelandic Parliament. Parliaments were convened there on an annual basis from that day onwards and the current Icelandic Parliament is still called Althingi, making it one of the oldest continuously running parliaments in the world. Iconic figures such as the great Snorri Sturluson were elected speaker there and the entire area is fascinating. Thingvellir National Park also hosts the rocky seismic fissure that marks the gap between the European and North American continents – allowing visitors the unique opportunity to gaze across no man’s land between Europe and North America. Thingvellir is a landscape without compare, featuring – amazing lava sculptures, glacial waterfalls and much, much more, making it an absolute must-see for any visitor to Iceland.
Geysir Hot Spring
From there we will make the short journey to the iconic Geysir Geothermal area – renowned for the bubbling geysers that have become synonymous with Iceland. The most famous of these is the, now dormant, Great Geysir, which gives all geysers their name. Its ‘younger brother’ Strokkur is still very much active – propelling molten streams of water up to 25 meters into the air every few minutes. Seeing these incredible geothermal wonders in the flesh is a magical experience and will give you an insight into the violent power of mother nature.
Our final stop on the Golden Circle tour is Gullfoss (the golden falls) – so named due to the golden hue that its roaring cascade takes as it travels over the brown lava rock. There is an emerald valley beneath this majestic torrent and rainbows regularly form above it on sunny days – making for a truly photogenic place that you will definitely want to immortalize in film. Once we have enjoyed all the magic that Gullfoss has to offer – we will return to Thingvellir for an underwater adventure in the famous Silfra Fissure.
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
The Silfra Fissure is one of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the entire world – a meandering stream of vividly blue glacial water that weaves its way through one of the most incredible landscapes on the planet. It is filled with glacial meltwater, meaning it has the best underwater visibility of any place in the world and allowing you to see up to 100 meters in each direction. Silfra is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – offering the unique opportunity to swim between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We provide a warm, insulated drysuit for this awe-inspiring adventure – allowing you to gaze into this magical world of sapphire and emerald in total comfort. Silfra is an otherworldly place that will provide unforgettable memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life. After Silfra we will head back to Reykjavik, where you can have a quick dinner before we head out in search of the Northern Lights.
Northern Lights Hunt
Our night-time adventure begins, when we collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation in one of our custom Super Jeeps and leave the bright lights of the city behind as we travel in search of the heavenly light show that illuminates the arctic night sky. Our specialized super jeeps allow us to escape the traditional routes and find a really isolated place that is away from the noisy crowds. Part of the magic of the Northern Lights is their elusiveness and it is impossible for us to guarantee that we will see them on any given night, however, our expert guides will use all available resources to maximize our chances of seeing them. If we do see them, then we are in for a treat – as the pitch-black night sky is illuminated by flickering shades of red, purple, green, and pink. It is an awe-inspiring experience that is as close to the divine or supernatural as it is possible to get to and words do not do it justice – the perfect end to a day filled with adventure and mesmerizing beauty.
Pick up is at 08:30 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
For the Northern Lights adventure, pick up is at either 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) or 21:30 (9:30 p.m.), depending on the season. You’ll find the actual pickup time on your final voucher. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
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