This Green Circle tour includes a few of the best things - learning and adventure. Learn about Iceland's sustainable way of living and see the famous Golden Circle attractions all in one tour!
This tour will begin with a pick-up from the country's capital city, Reykjavik. First, we'll visit Hellisheiðarvirkjun, The Geothermal Energy Exhibition, located at the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant. This exhibition is dedicated to showing visitors how Icelanders learned to use renewable energy sources to their benefit without harming nature. We'll also hear about how future developments can make Hellisheiði one of the world's greenest energy sources.
Then, we'll make a short stop at Ljósafossvirkjun, a hydro-based power plant. It's an exciting place to see because you can see water flowing through the powerplant with a substantial force.
Next, we'll head towards the Sólheimar Eco Village. The friendly staff will give an interesting and insightful lecture on sustainable development in Iceland. After that, we'll walk around the area and visit the greenhouse.
After spending the first part of the day learning about a way of sustainable living, we'll visit Golden Circle's gems - Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park.
Gullfoss (translated to "Golden Falls") is Iceland's iconic waterfall, beloved by locals and visitors. It falls from approximately 32 meters (feet), cascading down two stages. Gullfoss is part of the Hvítá river, which originates from the Langjökull glacier. During the summer, you may even catch a spectacular view of a rainbow covering this amazing waterfall.
Next on our plan is Geysir - nature's phenomenon, after which all the other geysers were named. Geysir is located in Haukadalur Valley, known for its geothermal activity. Geysir is rarely active, but his "little brother," Strokkur, erupts every 8-10 minutes. The boiling water shoots up to the sky from 20 meters (65 feet) to 40 meters (130 feet) high. Have your camera ready at any time because the eruption happens faster than you know!
Next, we'll head to Þingvellir National Park, rightfully considered Iceland's birthplace. Thingvellir is where the first parliament was held during the Viking Age in 930 and has been held there for 868 years. Thingvellir sits in a unique location between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Thingvellir was also a shooting place for the famous HBO series "Game of Thrones."