Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Golden Circle Tour

The most popular day trip from Reykjavik is called the Golden Circle. It takes you on a drive of some of the historic and geologic sites closes to the city, lasting about 6 or 7 hours.

We hired a private guide from There was a little mixup with our booking, so the guide arrived a little late, but no harm done. We didn't mind starting out at 10 instead of 11. It was a grey, overcast day, with some showers expected.

This is our guide. We nicknamed him Blofeld.

Our first stop was a scenic overlook, to take a look at this lake. I had assumed the lake was glacial, but I was wrong. It's actually formed after a volcano errupted, and then the crater collapsed filling with water. It must have been a heck of a collapse.

This is just a part of the lake. The little piles of rocks are left by visitors.

We drove for quite a while to get from Keflavik to the first real stop at Pingvellir National Park. Along the way Blofeld told us stories, gave us a bit of history and geology background, and regaled us with song. Yes, he sang. The first song was about the cold and stormy seas. Appropriate because it was raining at that point.

Finally we arrived at Pingvellir National Park. This is a scenic spot in the center of Iceland which once served as the center of government. In fact, it was the site of the world's first parliament, in about 900AD. Now it is a UNESCO site.

This is the little church at Pingvellir.

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