Best time to travel to Iceland

Golden Circle

Follow the legendary trail in the southwest of Iceland and you will see massive waterfalls, shooting geysers, and separating tectonic plates

Golden Circle in Iceland - Best Time
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The Golden Circle is the most popular route in Iceland that encompasses the best of its southwest. You'll discover such iconic landmarks as Thingvellir or Pingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, Geysir Area, and Gullfoss Falls. Thingvellir is the point of continental divide—North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart, a few centimetres each year. Geysir Area will impress you with a variety of big and small geysers. The most stunning one is Strokkur—every eight minutes it shoots a boiling fountain, 30 meters high.

Everyone going to Iceland must have heard of well-known Gullfoss Falls (Golden Falls), still seeing them in life is way more impressive than reading about them or even watching them in a video. It looks as if the Earth has opened up into a huge hole and gave way to this massive flow of water that gushes in all possible directions.

Strokkur geysir
Strokkur geysir

The tour is available all year round. The high season due to warmer and more stable weather is summer (June to August). The low season has its benefits too—you can find cheaper rental costs and other discounts. But be prepared to experience four different seasons in a single day.

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