Today was the day of Golden Circle. We had an early breakfast at the Arnarvholl Center Hotel, btw, the breakfast is OK, a 3 out of 5, but could easily be made a 4 with just a few improvements. A 5 is hard to accomplish, the restaurant is too tiny for that. These are the only things they would need to add:
- Blue cheese
- Better salami, and served ALL morning, not only for the early guests
- Mini yoghurts
- Warm eggs
- Today’s surprise (7 different variants, then repeat)
But I need to praise them for their gluten free bread, like a french baguette. It was VERY tasty.
Þingvellir national park
I think The Golden Circle is one of the most popular tours on Ieland. First stop was Þingvellir national park, in English called Thingvellir. Þingvellir is associated with the Althing, the national parliament of Iceland. The Althing was established at Thingvellir in 930 AD. Sessions were held at this very location until 1798. So here you could actually hear the “wing flaps” of history (as we say in Sweden). 😉 In English “the wings of history”.
This stop was like walking in the middle of a huge cow herd. Cows (poeple) all over the place. You could just move if the other cows moved. Way to crowded for me. Our guide said that this morning they had 3 cruse ships in the Reykjavik harbor, which means A HUGE amount of extra tourists. Mainly Americans, I guess. He tried to re-plan our tour due to this, to be able to avoid main part of the people, busses, queues etc. I am very uncertain that he succeeded. :-O
Strokkur, well, I have had better
Next stop was Strokkur, a geyser that evaporated quite often, so we got to see 2 or 3 bursts/outbreaks. But having seen the The Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, this was not that spectacular.
The powerful waterfall Gullfoss
Since the geyser Strokkur did not impress me, but did successfully splash me, haha, I did not expect to much of the next stop, the Gullfoss waterfall. Well, that was a big mistake by me. Gullfoss was both powerful and magical. Not as huge as the Niagara of course, but anyway, this fall was amazing and well worth the walk down. If you get the chance, please go visit. It is a completely breath taking experience.
Cheering for our 30 years of marriage
After the tour we had a short stop in our rooms and then we met again in the hotel bar. The main reason for this trip is actually that both Ted & Rebecca and me & Jörgen celebrate 30 years of marriage in August 2018. We got married with just a weeks difference. T&R on August 20 and us on August 27. HURREY FOR US!!! 😀
Restaurant of the evening, the Fish Company
This night we visited the Fish Company, a cosy restaurant not far from our hotel.
Went to bed in reasonable time (as always) sine tomorrow is another tour day (as always). This time we will go horse back riding on those special kind of horses they have here on Iceland, named Icelandic horses (what, they are, what a surprise)!