The Golden Circle: Þingvellir, Haukaladur and Gullfoss

One of the most popular routes of Iceland is the so called Golden Circle: Starting in the capital of Reykjavík, on this 300km route the most popular stops are the Þingvellir National Park with its historical, cultural and geological sites, the geothermal area of Haukadalur and the famous Gullfoss.

 

However, there are plenty of other places to visit along the route. Above, there is an impression of Bruarfoss. This hidden gem of a waterfall can be found after some hiking, starting at the crossroad of roads 37/355.

Hvalfjörður and Glymur Waterfall

West of Akranes, the fjord of Hvalfjördur presents its stunning and diverse volcanic landscape. The hike to Glymur, the second-highest waterfall of Iceland, should be made on the river’s right hand side to get a better view of its cascades.

 

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

If you keep on driving route 1 (and 50), you will eventually arrive at one of the most bizarre waterfalls of Iceland. Actually, Hraunfossar is an entire series of waterfalls over a distance of appr. 900 meters of the river Hvítá. A few meters above Hraunfossar, Barnafoss bursts out of the volcanic rocks.

 

The waterfall is named after an Icelandic folk tale: Two boys decided to follow their parents to church although they should have stayed at home. To cross the river, they walked over a natural stone-bridge. But as they’ve become very tired, they fell into the water and drowned. An earthquake destroyed the natural arc.