We began day two in Iceland by kicking off our tour of The Golden Circle. First stop: Pingvellir National Park. Surrounded by beautiful, vast land, this National Park has several small waterfalls, hiking trails and stunning views. Any Game Of Thrones fan (like me) will be so excited to walk through this attraction. This location has been used in several scenes of the HBO series.
We continued our tour with a hike to Bruarfoss "Blue Gem". It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, with hundreds of tiny waterfalls falling into a large blue pool. It is off the beaten path, and therefore was very quiet when we arrived. I highly suggest not attempting to drive to this location without rental car insurance and a larger vehicle like an SUV. Reason is, you have to drive through a small, gravel road to reach the (few) parking spots. Just when you think you're lost and want to turn around, you're there! The hike is short, unpaved, and slightly confusing, but very worth it once you reach the falls.
Next, we headed towards the Geysir Hot Spring Area. Parking is free and despite being a popular tourist location, there were plenty of parking spots. With a stop in their Geysir Center for coffee, we continued to check out the the boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the lively Strokkur which spouts water every 10-12 minutes.
In Iceland, horses are everywhere. And its wonderful. While driving through The Golden Circle we enjoyed views of mountains, waterfalls and herds of horses running alongside the road. The photo below of the black horse was taken out of the car window. It was incredible. Not only are Icelandic horses absolutely beautiful, they are so gentle and friendly. But of course, please use your discretion and approach with caution.
After a long day of hiking and site seeing, we were so excited to make a stop at this secluded hot spring. To our surprise, even at midnight we ran into locals who were taking advantage of this hidden gem. You can find this hot spring on the outskirts of Flúðir.
We ended our day with a beautiful (somewhat) sunset at 2:00am from Seljalandsfoss. It is one of the most well known waterfalls in Iceland and conveniently located right off of the main road. You are able to hike behind the waterfall, so be prepared to wear rain boots/coat, the mist does get pretty intense as you hike up.
Next stop: Vik and South Iceland!