Halló all! If you follow us on Instagram, you will no doubt be all too familiar with the fact that I spent my Easter holiday in beautiful Iceland! I’ve got a few posts lined up about my time in Reykjavik but I thought I would begin with my travels to the Golden Circle.
Reykjavik is well geared up for tourists and there are any number of tour operators offering coach trips to the Golden Circle and beyond. We decided to shun the coach tour in favour of hiring a car and driving the route ourselves. This is also a popular, and well catered for option as it means you can go at your own pace and, if you’re like me, means avoiding the stress of getting travel sick whilst surrounded by strangers.
We hired our car from Hertz and went for the cheapest option available but paid extra for a GPS system (necessary!). I’ll admit I haven’t looked into the comparison but I’ve heard that hiring a car is actually a much cheaper way of doing it and we certainty had no regrets. Our little car coped admirably with the snow and it even included seat warmers and an iPhone charger. Luxurious!
The Golden Circle is a popular route for tourists as it takes in three of Iceland’s most spectacular sights, the Pingvellir national park, the geothermally active Haukadalur and the mammoth waterfall Gullfoss. It’s about a 190 mile round trip from Reykjavik so if you do decide to drive it yourself, bare that in mind! We went on Easter Sunday and it was an extremely magical day! Just driving through the snowy mountains was beautiful enough but each of the three main stops on the drive proved to be equally spectacular! We stood in awe at the beauty of Pingvellir, got a little overexcited at watching the geysirs erupt at Haukadalur and were stunned by the magnificent Gulfoss waterfall. There aren’t really enough superlatives to describe it all.
We added an extra stop on our way home as we really wanted to see the Kerið volcanic crater lake. Apparently Bjork once played here on a raft. Can you imagine!