Golden Circle Direct Tour

We finally made it to Iceland on our cruise ship. This is the longest cruise we've ever been on and it felt like we'd been on the boat for quite a long time.
You can book excursions directly through the cruise ship but we found that the tour we wanted to go on was a half the price if you booked it directly with a local tour company. There are a few different companies to choose from.

First, we got off the ship and tried to find the pickup point where our tour bus was meant to meet us. We had to wait for a while but a van picked us up outside this Iceland merch store. It took us to a bus depot where we caught our tour bus for the Iceland Golden Circle Direct Tour.
The tour would take us to see a big geyser called Geysir, a massive waterfall called Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park. These are some of the most popular attractions to see in Iceland.
Seeing as how we didn't feel like going through the trouble of renting a car, a bus tour was the best way to go about seeing some cool sights while our ship was in Reykjavik.
Our first stop on the bus tour was to see the Geyser. We made it to Geysir, the park with The Great Geyser, so we walked around and looked at all the different geothermal phenomenon.

There were pools of boiling hot water.

There was a big Geyser called The Great Geyser or Geysir that shot up water into the air every ten minutes or so.

There were lots more pools of boiling hot water simmering away.

We walked around getting pictures of it all.
We boarded the bus and drove to Gullfoss.
We had to walk down a bunch of stairs but it was worth it. You get to be really close to the waterfall.

This was turning out to be a great bus tour.


Back up the stairs, we got another view of the waterfall from a distance.


We went back on the bus and the bus took us to the Thingvellir National Park.




We got to see the area where the North American plate and the Eurasian plate meet. You can walk in a fissure which is a big crack in the earth. I don't think we've ever done anything like this before.
If you are into Earth Science then Iceland is definitely a great place to visit to see lots of geographical wonders.
It was a good thing we used the free toilets when we were at Geysir because the toilets in the national park were pretty expensive. They were something like 200 ISK which is $2.47 CAD or £1.43 GBP. Yeah, no thanks. They took visa though so that's good for people that had to go but forgot cash.


Anyway, this was maybe a weird note to end on but we had an excellent time on our Golden Circle Direct Tour
If you liked reading about our time on the Golden Circle Direct Tour then you are going to be interested in the rest of our time in Iceland and the rest of our cruise too.


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