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Strokkur Geyser Iceland erupting in Iceland

Witness striking nature in the heart of the Golden Circle


The Golden Circle is a must-see if you’re planning a trip to Iceland. This area includes three natural sites worth seeing: Thingvellir (þingvellir) National Park, Gullfoss Falls, and the Geysir Geothermal Field. History buffs, be sure to discover the Thingvellir (Þingvellir) plain via hiking. In fact, the country's first parliament was founded in this natural area encircled by volcanic rock.

The walk through its forests and around the Þingvallavatn ("Lake of the Fields of Parliament") combines cultural discoveries, geological findings, and hiking. Next, admire the rare phenomena found at Geysir's hot springs and geysers. The site’s main attraction is its unpredictable timing—waiting for the geysers to erupt is quite the sight. Travelers with less time can directly make their way to the Strokkur Geyser, which erupts regularly and sends a fountain of water as high as 100 feet into the air.

Then, make your way to the Gullfoss Waterfall, which is a delight for photography lovers. While this waterfall is beautiful in summer, we also recommend discovering it in winter—its spectacular frozen water and blue-colored ice blocks are sure to impress.

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