Super jeep ride
The crater Kerid
Geysir geothermal area
Thingvellir national park
Short Highland excursion
Hellisheidavirkjun geothermal power plant
After pick up in Reykjavik we start the tour by heading for the south coast crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that divides the tectonic plates, along a landscape with moss covered lava fields with volcanoes on both sides. In the rift valley between the continental plates we have short stop at Hellisheidavirkjun (Geothermal Power Plant) where we both feel and smell the geothermal power.
Next we visit Kerið, a volcanic crater lake. First it was thought that Kerið was formed by a huge volcanic explosion (as is usual for volcanic craters), however research now tells us this was probably a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve. The cone collapsed into the magma chamber and created the crater lake bordered by strongly coloured red volcanic rock. If you're coming in the winter, we might need to walk in deep snow, so it's necessary and very important to bring sturdy shoes and waterproof pants, or gaiters. Our tour leads us through agricultural and horticultural areas where the geothermal heat is used to heat up greenhouses so that fruits, vegetables and flowers can be grown all year round in Iceland.
Next stop is Geysir geothermal area. It is from the Icelandic word "geysir" that the English word "geyser" is derived. The geyser Strokkur bursts into the air every 5-8 minutes while other hot springs in the area are quiet but colorful.
Gullfoss Falls cascades down two huge steps 11 and 22 meters into a deep gorge. Gullfoss is the first waterfall in Iceland to be preserved as a local girl, Sigríður Tómasdóttir fought a brave fight against the authorities who wanted to to build the first hydro power plant by the falls.
From there we change path and leave the habitual way, as we go up to the highlands for a highland excursion. Where it leads us, depends on time, weather and the group's desires.
The only thing for sure is that we finally reach Thingvellir National Park. Here the settlers founded the first parliament in the world in the year 930-1845, when it moved to Reykjavík. In the drift valley you see how the two tectonic plates, the American and Eurasian drift apart, in average 2.5 cm per year. Here you have more information about Thingvellir National Park
And finally we drop you off at your hotel in Reykjavik after a tour that covered all the main sights of the Golden Circle as well the crater Kerid and a highland visit in a 4x4 truck.
Duration : 8-9 hours
Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30
Maximum: 10 Persons
Available: All Year
Included: Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik, in a super-jeep.
Not included: Lunch (we stop at a local restaurant/diner)
Bring with you: Warm clothes, hiking shoes/boots (essential). Spikes that fit over shoes to give extra grip on ice.