Starting with pick up in Reykjavik, we head out on an 8 hour adventure through farmlands and stunning countryside, past old churches and horse farms with mountain scenery as the backdrop to some of Iceland's better known and most incredible locations.
Though many have traveled the famed Golden Circle route and stopped at the main sights, few take advantage of all the incredible sights that can be found along the way. The farmlands and agriculture we pass through are an integral part of Iceland's past and present, so the journey we take is not just a road to get from one site to the next.
During our journey, we'll visit Kerid volcanic crater, a 3,000-year-old caldera filled with a stunning lake which is a window on the water table, where expansive views and striking blue water make for incredible photo opportunities.
Next up, we'll visit Fridheimar Greenhouse farm, where you'll see the latest in the country's horticultural engineering by making use of Iceland's abundant geothermal energy and hot water. Here you can enjoy some unique treats, grown right on the property.
After that, we'll visit Geysir, where the land has been shaped for thousands of years by the oldest recorded geyser in the world. In the area are several smaller pools and hot springs that bubble and spout hot water, and then there is the most active geyser known as Strokkur, which blasts off every few minutes and can reach up to 30 metres in height.
As we head even farther inland, more water awaits us at Gullfoss, a gorgeous waterfall on the Hvita river, where 140 cubic meters of water roar over the falls every second. This is one of Iceland's largest waterfalls and arguably one of the most beautiful and picturesque.
Our return journey takes us on a different route, through dramatic mountain scenery to cap off the day with a stop at beautiful and historic Thingvellir National Park. Here we see the site where the open-air Icelandic parliament was held, beginning in the Viking era in 930AD and continuing right through to 1798 AD.
Thingvellir is also the place where you can experience exciting geological features. The tectonic movement, which is still very active in Iceland today, has left huge cracks and breaks in the landscape within the national Park, which clearly show the divide between the North American and Eurasian continental plates as they slowly drift apart.