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Jul 21, 2017 - Golden Circle Tour

The Golden Circle is the name given to the driving route in the southwest part of Iceland that captures some of the country's most unique and impressive natural sites. We got an early start, and visited Geyser, site of Strokkur a spouting water vent that predictably erupts about every 7-8 minutes. The area is alive with bubbling mud and boiling pools of water. The next stop was breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall, located in the canyon of the Hvita River. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The mighty Hvita River rushes...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Day 2--Golden Circle Tour

Day 2, Thursday...After a tour-included breakfast at the hotel, we boarded our bus for today's tour of "the Golden Circle". Heading NE from Reyjkavik, we first arrived at Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is significant for two reasons. Historically, it was the site of the first Icelandic parliament, in 930 AD. Geologically, it is the above-sea level portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American crustal plate is separating from the European crustal plate. This spreading motion enlarges the entire Atlantic Ocean, as well...

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Jul 18, 2012 - Golden Circle Tour

Wednesday, we had our tour of the Golden Circle, perhaps the most popular and famous tour in Iceland. We had Helgi as our tour guide again today. Our first stop was in the town of Hveragerði, a very seismically active town. At the small mall where we stopped to pick up lunch, a rift in the floor could be seen from a recent earthquake. Continuing on the Ring Road, we turned onto Route 35 just before Selfoss and shortly after stopped at our first sight for the day - Kerið crater. The crater was formed about 6,500 years ago and is the northern...

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Aug 13, 2011 - Golden Circle Tour

Based on the time my flight was supposed to return from Greenland, I booked an evening Golden Circle tour with Carly and Caitlin. Only problem was that my flight was significantly delayed, and it looked like I might miss my pick up for the tour. Plus I couldn't even send an email to tell anyone since my Blackberry isn't a satellite phone. I made the pick up by the skin of my teeth. They were already there to pick me up when I hopped out of the cab and straight on the bus. They drive you out through Thingvellir National Park, where the...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Kerith Crater

Kerith Crater is right beside the road but we almost missed the small sign! We are discovering that great natural tourist attractions are not advertised on billboards far ahead and there is no McDonalds built right on the site! The crater is 55 metres deep and about 6500 years old. It came into being because the walls fell into the magma chamber. The water level in the crater lake reflects the ground water level. It is very clear. It is like a very large natural amphitheatre. Concerts have been held there with the musicians on a floating...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Thingvellir

After a good breakfast with warm fresh breads and granola with surmjolk (a kind of very mild yogurt) we were picked up by our car rental company. We drove to the rental office and got our brand new Ford Focus - we packed our bags in the car and off we went to our first adventure of the day! ("Get your motor runnin'; head out on the highway") The landscape was peaceful out of the city with very, very green hills, lots of horses everywhere, and few cattle. The drive was very enjoyable; we felt like we were driving in a different world. The...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Skalholt

From Kerith it was on to Skalholt where the first diocese for bishops was founded in 1056. Skalholt was a religious, cultural and political centre for a long time. Churches were burnt to the ground, torn down and now there is a cathedral, a retreat centre for clergy, along with a memorial to the last Catholic bishop who was beheaded in 1550. Nearby is a small restaurant where we had our lunch. The soup was great, the salad nothing to write home about (but we write about it nonetheless) and the cakes were good! When we visited the...

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Jul 1, 2007 - CANADA DAY....in Denmark & ICELAND!!!

Hey everyone! Just to let you know we have booked a trip up to Iceland! We are very lucky to be spending part of Canada Day in Denmark & part of the day in Iceland! We should be there for about 5 days so we can't wait to share our photos with you.....more to come!

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