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Approximately 8½ Hours
Enjoy an in-depth perspective of the Golden Circle with some extra attractions.
From Reykjavík, you will drive over the Mosfellsheidi Heath to beautiful Thingvellir National Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a primary site of Iceland's geological and historical heritage. It was here in AD 930 that the Vikings formed the Althingi -- the oldest parliament in the world still in existence today.
Continue over the Lyngdalsheidi Heath into the fertile farmlands of the south to visit the Gullfoss golden waterfall.
A light lunch is served at the Gullfoss Café.
A few minutes' drive away is the great Geysir Geothermal Area, which has given its name to hot springs (geysers) worldwide. Here, you will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 90 feet every few minutes.
Next, you'll drive to Faxi Waterfall to view Icelandic sheep pens and a salmon ladder.
At Fridheimar, watch a professional display showcasing the particular tolt gait of the Icelandic horse. The show is both educational and entertaining and gives an insight into a magnificent breed that has been intertwined with the culture and history of the Icelandic nation through the centuries. After the show, check out the stables, where you can get close to the horses, take pictures and chat with the riders.
Then, it's on to the Grímsnes region with a stop at the impressive Kerid volcanic crater, which forms part of a group of volcanic hills thought to have been created around 6,000 years ago.
Head back to Reykjavík via Hellisheidi Heath with a short stop at the Hellisheidi Power Plant.
All walking is optional, and most sights can be viewed through the motorcoach windows. There are some inclined surfaces to negotiate and rough grass/mud/gravel paths. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion; outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Special dietary requests must be submitted 48 hours prior to the ship's arrival. Parents traveling with children under the age of 3 must rent a child's car seat from the tour operator; please see the Shore Excursions team on board. You cannot use your child's car seat from home in Iceland.