Iceland is known to have some of the most beautiful and remote places to visit in the world. As the country sees an increase in tourism, Iceland’s Golden Circle stands out as a popular destination for guided tours of the country’s natural beauty. Check out these don’t-miss attractions compiled by travel blogger Claudia Looi:
Thingvellir National Park
Home to the birthplace of Iceland’s government, Thingvellir is among the first and oldest parliaments in the world. The park is also home to the nation’s largest natural lake, as well as the division point of the tectonic plates separating North America and Eurasia.
Gullfoss (Golden) Waterfall
Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s iconic waterfalls offering endless views. Located on the Hvita river, the waterfall feeds into Iceland’s second-largest glacier then plummets down between two canyons. Don’t forget to bring a rain jacket – you may get wet from mist produced from the waterfall!
Dating back to the 11th century, Skalholt is one of Iceland’s most historic churches, once being the capital of a rural society and also serving as the cultural and spiritual center of the country. The original wooden house was destroyed, and the current building reopened in the 1950s. This is also the location of Iceland’s first school. Today, it is well known for its modern art and artifacts from previous churches as well as summer concerts!
Geysir Geothermal Field Stokkur
One of the most popular destinations in the Golden Circle is Geysir Geothermal Field Stokkur, located northwest of Geysir. Currently, Stokkur the most energetic spring in Iceland and erupts every few minutes to a height of 40m, making for great photos!
Check out all Iceland has to offer: book your Icelandair Golden Circle trip before Oct. 31!