The Golden grand Circle tour takes one to the Iceland’s southwest parts and the popular attractions that are a part of it. The place offers some of the most stunning sights. Usually the departure for the tour takes place from the city of Reykjavik. Duration of the travel is seven hours approximately. With the tour operators you shall have stops at some of the major places. There are National; Parks where you can witness the Eurasian and American plates. These plates are found to be pulling apart, and some other prime attractions. These include Gullfloss Waterfall which is also claimed to be Europe’s most powerful waterfall ranking second. You shall also come across the geothermal area of Geysir. The operators also arrange for extra stops in some of the most iconic destinations. Details of the spots are mentioned below.
The Grand Golden Circle day trips are never complete without a visit to the National Park of Thingvellir. It is not just a site that is considered a wonder geologically but has layers of history. This falls is located on the intersection point of Eurasian and North American plates. The site of Thingvellir is an ancient one where first parliament of the world was made and the meeting held every year, outdoors. Whole of it continued up till 1798, beginning from 930 AD. This place tells stories of political, geographical struggles, ongoing evolution and compromises. Hence, in the year 2004 it was seamlessly included in world Heritage lists of UNESCO.
Geothermal area and waterfall
If you are beginning with the Grand Golden Circle day trips then the tour operators are bound to take you to the geothermal area of Geysir and beautiful waterfall of Gullfloss. After the national Park, Geysir is the next stop. This is the place you can see the eruption geysers right before your eyes. Geysir miraculously stopped erupting during the early period of 2000’s but Strokkur claimed as the “baby brother” goes off now and then. Third stop is beautiful falls of Gullfloss that drops beneath in stages twenty one metres and eleven metres before it falls into a crevice thus, disappearing later in the earth. The waterfall can be enjoyed from various scenic points.