Over the past few years Iceland has seen a huge boom in tourism, exceeding 2,000,000 foreign visitors for the first time ever in 2017. It’s unsurprising to see why Iceland has captured the imaginations of so many.
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular tourist routes on the island and with good reason. The route passes through Ϸingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This National Park encompasses a rift valley which marks the point where the North American and Eurasian continents split. It’s one of the few places on Earth where you can stand between two continents.
A little farther up the route you’ll find Strokkur, one of the most active geysers in the world. Surrounded by dozens of steaming pools and hot springs this geyser erupts every 8-11 minutes sending a plume of water up to 40 meters high. It’s a spectacular sight and provides the perfect photo opportunity, especially if Instagram is your game.
One of Iceland’s best known and most popular destinations is of course the Blue Lagoon. With this popularity comes the risk of it being booked out. Fortunately there are plenty of alternatives and the one we settled for just happened to be in the Golden Circle area. Not only does the aptly named Secret Lagoon lack the crowds of the Blue Lagoon it’s also quite a bit cheaper at around €20 per adult. It doesn’t have all the spa treatments that the Blue Lagoon has to offer but if all you want is a dip in a geothermal pool then the Secret Lagoon has everything you need.
For those looking to see the Northern Lights, September until March is the best period. However unfortunately there is no guarantee that you will see them at all. In spite of this Iceland is a top destination and you’re sure to come away feeling compelled to get back there as soon as possible.