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Golden Circle Tour (Iceland Part 3)

Well, this post is definitely long overdue! A lot happened between April and the current end of summer, so I kept putting off posting the rest of these Iceland photos. Honestly, we still haven’t even gone through the Iceland photos on our nicer camera. Turns out getting ready for a baby is really quite busy. 😉 So, before I forget all of our Iceland tips, I figured I’d go ahead and share the rest of our Iceland photos from my iPhone for those wanting to travel to Iceland in the near future. In this post, I’ll talk about our Golden Circle Tour, which tour company we used and specific stops along the way. If you missed Iceland Part 1 or Part 2, check them out!

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A lot of people rent a car and drive the Golden Circle Tour on their own, but we weren’t very comfortable driving in the snow or sometimes suddenly scary road situations in Iceland. So, we opted for a mini bus tour with Geo Iceland. Here’s the link for the tour we took and our guide was named Baldwin. It’s expensive, but to us, it was well worth it. Neither one of us would have done it differently and both highly recommend this tour. The mini bus was a Mercedes coach, super comfortable, smaller tour (about 15 people) plus an extremely knowledgeable driver/guide. We learned far more by taking this bus tour since we had a local guide with us. He was also able to show us places that we wouldn’t have found on our own.

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Our stop at Faxi waterfall

Our stops along the Golden Circle Tour included Thingvellir Park/Valley, Gullfoss waterfall (the most incredible waterfall I’ve ever seen), Geysir hot spring (where we also had lunch at the cafe right across the street), Faxi waterfall and a couple of other waterfalls along the Golden Circle. One of my favorite hidden spots along the way was when our guide had us climb down a little embankment to an area in Thingvellir that overlooked where the continental tectonic plates form a rift. Let’s just say that if I’d taken this trip while in the middle of my geology class in college, I definitely would’ve done a lot better in that class. There’s a huge difference in reading about these geological phenomenons and actually seeing them in person.

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Our first sighting of Gulfoss waterfall

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One of our surprise stops was getting to pet Icelandic horses

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We stopped at the cafe in the Geysir hot spring area for some lunch. Don't be afraid to try the meat soup in Iceland!

We stopped at the cafe in the Geysir hot spring area for some lunch. Don’t be afraid to try the meat soup in Iceland!

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This is the area where you can see the tectonic plates valley.

This is the area where you can see the tectonic plates valley.

Another waterfall!

Another waterfall!

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Cheers & Happy Travels, friends! My next Iceland post will be about our Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour.

Aubrey

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