Iceland is beyond beautiful. I started my trip by renting a car and driving the Golden Circle. Let me show you!
I wanted to make sure I saw everything in Justin Beiber's music video.
Skogafoss was my most anticipated waterfall to see. It did NOT disappoint.
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!
I stayed here for awhile as most people did not venture this far.
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.
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.
Secret Lagoon had fantastic facilities, clean bathroom and nice showers.
Next stop: Gulfoss.
I stayed at this one for awhile also. How could you not?!
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!
It's not very big, but I couldn't look away from the blue water!
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!