When renting a car in Iceland many people drive the Golden Circle and look around. The Golden Circle route is the most famous sightseeing in Iceland. The golden circle route is covering about 300 km of distance and takes about 5-8 hours to drive (with stops). We recommend you to stop by at these places:
If you start in Reykjavik you drive over Hellisheidi to Hveragerdi. Hveragerdi is famous for it’s geothermal heat. It has active thermal site in the centre of town with bubbling hot springs. The town derives its name from the Icelandic word “hver” which means hot spring.
In Hveragerdi there are also lot of great hiking trails. For example many people walk from Hveragerdi to Hnegill which is one of the largest geothermal area in Iceland. Along the way there are lot of hot springs where it is possible to take bath.
The next stop we recommend is Kerid. Kerid is a volcanic crater lake near the Grimsnes area. Many people forget to stop in Kerid when they drive the golden circle route. We definitely recommend people to stop by in Kerid and see this lake which was created after volcanic eruption.
Geysir is probably the world’s most famous geyser. The two grand geysers, Strokkur and Geysir, are both interesting to watch. Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. In 1845 it reached it’s recored height of 170 meter. Since then the activity has dwindled and now the hight is from 50-70 meters.
There are few people that visit Iceland without visiting Gullfoss. Gullfoss is the Iceland most famous waterfall. The total hight of the waterfall is 32 m and the longest drop is 21 m. In the 20th century there was a lot of people who wanted tousing Gullfoss to generate electricity. Fortunately, it was not done and today the waterfall is protected and owned by the Icelandic state.
The last stop on the golden circle route would be Thingvellir. Thingvellir is a national park containing both historical and natural beauties. Nowhere else the continental drift is more visible than in Thingvellir.