Iceland: The Golden Circle

Iceland is beyond beautiful. I started my trip by renting a car and driving the Golden Circle. Let me show you!

Part of the water above Skogafoss.  

Part of the water above Skogafoss.  

I was able to see a lot of those stars on my first and second day.  

I was able to see a lot of those stars on my first and second day.  

I wanted to make sure I saw everything in Justin Beiber's music video.  

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The black sand beaches.  

The black sand beaches.  

I made hot tea every day and brought it with me. Nice and warm.  

I made hot tea every day and brought it with me. Nice and warm.  

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Skogafoss was my most anticipated waterfall to see. It did NOT disappoint.  

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I hiked the stairs to the top and hopped over a ladder and discovered more and more trail. Another 10 minutes hike up was another epic falls!  

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I stayed here for awhile as most people did not venture this far.  

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I ended my night by trying to find the Seljavellir pool, almost missing it because it is down a dirt road. The water was pretty warm and I had a lovely conversation with a fellow solo traveler while hovering around the hottest spot. 

The view of a river from my Airbnb in Selfoss.  

The view of a river from my Airbnb in Selfoss.  

On my way again the next morning to the secret lagoon. I am told by locals that it is better than Blue Lagoon and it is indeed much cheaper. 

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Secret Lagoon had fantastic facilities, clean bathroom and nice showers.   

Fun fact: every person is required to shower naked before putting swim suit on and getting into the pool.

Fun fact: every person is required to shower naked before putting swim suit on and getting into the pool.

Geysir that heats the pool.  

Geysir that heats the pool.  

Next stop: Gulfoss.  

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I stayed at this one for awhile also. How could you not?!

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Next, I really wanted to find Bruarfoss. I'd seen pictures of it and was determined to figure out where it was. I didn't realize that it wasn't a "main attraction" like Skogafoss and Gulfoss. It was down a dirt road, then a 15 minute hike. Only 2 other people were there!  

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It's not very big, but I couldn't look away from the blue water! 

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This was my last stop on the Golden Circle. There was so much more to see but I underestimated how much driving was involved to get to my next stop for the night. The car I rented was a manual, sans cruise control PLUS not all the roads were paved!  

Next up: the Western Fjords!