With early November temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, we finally got a chance to get out and do some more tourist stuff this weekend! One of the big highlights near Reykjavik is called the Golden Circle. The circle is a day trip that begins and ends in Reykjavik and includes half a dozen sites of interest out in the countryside.

The three big stops on the route are Þingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Strokkur geyser, which erupts every five to 10 minutes. Other stops include Kerið volcano crater, Hveragerði greenhouse village, Skálholt church, and the Nesjavellir or Hellisheidarvirkjun geothermal power plant.

Map of Golden Circle

Map of the Golden Circle

We didn’t want to spend the whole day out, so we left around 11am and visited the geyser and the waterfall. They’re only about 10 minutes’ drive apart, but they take about an hour and a half to get to from Reykjavik.

And I must admit we did underestimate the weather a bit. It was cooler out of town and windy. I was fine with my coat and gloves…could’ve used a hat. But N & A were visibly cooler and needed a couple more layers, and the five-year-old complained loudly.

Strokkur Geysir.

Strokkur Geysir.

Gulfoss Waterfall.

Gulfoss Waterfall.

Actually he complained about pretty much everything the entire time and had to be lured out of the car by the promise of a slice of cake in the geysir visitor’s center. Kids are way too hard to impress. He then complained about being in the car and informed us that he hates road trips because they make him tired, which he proved by sleeping for an hour on the way home.

But at least we got out of town and got to start checking off some bucket list items. I’m sure we’ll be back again when we start getting visitors, which makes me happy as the light was kind of crappy for photos.

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