One of the better ways to get to know Iceland is to join a guided private tour by experienced tour operators. You are not rushed through and you can get to visit the 10 most beautiful places when you join a personalized private Golden Circle Tour.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park is a collection of beauties of nature in the form of a crystal clear lake, the rift where two continents almost meet and a variegated landscape to keep you enthralled. Experience Iceland private tours with Discover.is to go to secret places within the park and wonder at the marvels of Nature.
The private tour Iceland kicks off with a visit to Raudholar volcano just south of Reykjavik. These red hills stand out from the landscape and are about 5200 years old or even older. You get to walk up the slope and then look down into the crater in ellidaarhraun lava fields, a soul-fulfilling experience.
If there is one beach Iceland is famous for, it is the Reynisfjara beach. What is remarkable about it is that the sand is black. The sand was formed by disintegrating volcanic rock and it does contrast starkly with the blue of the icean and the sky.
Iceland has quite a few waterfalls but none can rival the Gulfoss, especially during spring when it turns into a roaring cascade of water split into two levels totalling 30 meters and spread over a wide area. Not far from here you will come upon the site of Geysir spouting geyser that has turned dormant but Strokkur nearby is a consolation. It erupts at intervals of about 5 to 8 minutes, water height reaching about 15 to 20 meters.
The Blue Lagoon is known for its distinctive blue-white water full of minerals. A man-made structure, the water here is geothermally heated and you can even take a dip while it is cold. This lagoon may not feature on your Golden Circle Tour but ask to include in your special guided tour because it looks and feels just wonderful.
Snaefellsjokull is no less attractive compared to Thingvellir. The Snaefellsjokull volcano is the star attraction, rising tall and magnificent up into the sky. That is not the only thing here. You can relax at the Djupalonssandur beach, explore the Saxholl volcano crater and walk over the Londrangar lava formations. Then there is the Raudfeldargja hidden waterfall to explore and walk inside the Songhellir singing cave. You can ask for a special tour to the Snaefellsjokull Park. It is worth it.
Dyanjandi waterfall has a height of 100 meters, three times that of Gulfoss and impressive. The waters meander through rock for some distance and then fall from a height of 30 meters. This site is best admired at Sunset.
It is the capital and probably the city where you will join the tour on arrival and be taken around the city to Harpa, National Museum and Hallgrimskirkja. Go boating in the Tjornin. Take a bath in Ellidaar hot springs and just have fun eating out. After night falls you can drive out of the city for a dekko at the Northern Lights, one of the most beautiful spectacles in the sky.
9. Red beach
If the black beach presents beauty of one kind, Raudisandur or Red beach in the Westfjiods presents it all in red. The color varies according to the light and time of the day. However, it is the beach and the land around that is worth exploring.
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10. Mount Maelifell
Mount Maelifell or Measure Hill looks so different from the familiar black-red volcanic topology of Iceland that it seems almost magical. You can imgine elves and dwarves making it their home. The mount is pyramidal in shape and covered with green moss while the surrounding is a desert landscape. The hill stands 200 meters high and you can drive up or hike to the top. On the way you come across several small rivers.
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