The Golden Circle Tour consists of three main attractions: Geysir, Gullfoss (Waterfall) and Thingvellir National Park. Due to my incompetence, we missed out on Gullfoss, even though it was close in distance to Geysir. Another reason to come back to Iceland for a second time. As if I needed one.

The Golden Circle is an easy way to get to know the main attractions of Iceland. And to experience raw nature.


The whole time we were driving around Iceland, I heard the lyrics of Joga by Bjork in my mind:

“Emotional landscapes

They puzzle me”


“Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” – Borges


The Geysir region is not the only place in Iceland to view such a natural wonder, but it is the location of the original geysir for which all others were named. There is one here that erupts every 5-10minutes, so there’s no excuse not to get the perfect shot.


Where there is smoke, there is Strokkur, the geysir.


It bubbles and moves and bubbles.


And then it erupts. We experience twice two eruptions within a minute. Lucky.


A crowd builds for every eruption.


Emotional Landscapes, always breathtaking.


The ground is covered with moss, feels fluffy and can be used as a natural trampoline. One day I’ll be running for miles on that moss.


We interrupt this post for a car ad, sponsored by Subaru.

Subaru: Taming Iceland since the Vikings arrived.


There were moments when I expected the cast of Game of Thrones to appear at any moment.


Thingvellir used to be the center of Icelandic culture and politics. In 930 AD, the first governmental assembly for Iceland was established at Thingvellir, which literally translates to “Parliament Plains.” It has played an important role in the history of Iceland for over 1,000 years.

Today, Thingvellir is a National Park and one of the main sites on the Golden Circle. Besides being an important part of Icelandic history, Thingvellir is geographically very important. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which divides the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, runs through Thingvellir (you can actually see the divide!). The landscape of this national park is absolutely stunning.


1,000 years ago, this was the center of the world for Iceland chieftains. Now, our center of the world questions if she could swim in the cold water.


There are days I want to be a river: Having no doubt – always sure where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.


The Night Watch is lurking behind the Wall.


Skáldareitur cemetery, poets are buried here. The original church (Þingvallakirkja) was built in the 11th century, the current one in the 19th century.


The continental divide.


What? We missed the big waterfall?