The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle, the most popular tourist route in Iceland; and it is popular for a reason!
Not far from Reykjavik the first stop is Þingvellir (pronounced Thingvellir) It is the site of the first parliament in Iceland and also the location of a fissure zone that runs through the country which is situated on the boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Basically, you can see where the tectonic plates are slowly drifting apart.
The next stop is Geysir, a naturally occurring hot spring that when it reaches boiling point, explodes of boiling hot water high into the sky! It is said the be the Great Geyser and the oldest known active Geysir, it is also the namesake for all other geysirs around the world.
The last stop is Gullfoss (pronounced Goot-le-foss) means Golden Falls. A beautiful and enormous three drop waterfall, the power of the water rushing over the edge is enough to soak you through just standing there and know that certain death lays before you if you are not careful walking along the path!
On our way back to Reykjavik we came across Kerið (or Kerith) a beautiful volcano lake with aqua coloure water and an amazing array of coloured rocks all around.