Our second day we dedicated to the Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. We started with the waterfall Urridafoss, which was only fifteen-minute-drive from the Vatnsholt Guest House where we spent the first and the second night (highly recommended, their breakfast is fantastic). Iceland happens to be the location of Europe most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are about 200 waterfalls in this country. Urridafoss is a voluminous waterfall situated in the peaceful and non-touristy surroundings.
The next stop was Kerið, a volcano crater, which was formed about 6500 years ago. The volcanologists used to classify Kerið as an explosion crater. It is 55m deep; the depth of the groundwater at the bottom varies between 7 and 14 m. The ascend is easy, you can make a complete circle around the crater and take the stairs to the water. The entrance costs 400 ISK (3,25 EUR) per person; parking is free.
Further, we drove to the geothermal area famous for its Geysirs – periodically spouting hot springs. Here, several geysers explode and pools of mud bubble. Strokkur, the most famous geyser, gives a performance every 5-7 minutes, shooting a tower of water and steam 30 meters up in the air. This performance lasts only a few seconds: get your camera ready and be prepared to repeat the geyser-explosion-hunt several times!
The waterfall Gulfoss (Golden Falls) is in fact two separate waterfalls, the upper one has a drop of 11 meters and the lower one 21 meters. It is huge and utterly impressive! You simply cannot stop watching the powerful flow of water.
After having checked the main attractions of the Golden Circle, we realized that it still too early to come back to the hotel. We decided to drive to yet another waterfall called Hjaplarfoss. It is situated in the Pjorsardalur Valley and is much less attended by the tourists. There was literally no one while we were there. We were wondering why because the surroundings are stunning and the waterfall is beautiful.
During the summer, from the Hjaplarfoss you can also proceed to the Stoeng and the Saga Age Farm, a reconstructed Viking-era farmstead in Iceland. Unfortunately, during the time we were there (May 9-13, 2018), the road was closed.
The Golden Circle round trip is around 240 km and the pure driving time is about 3,5 hours. If you have another day in this area, you could check out the Pingvellir national park (http://www.thingvellir.is/plan-your-visit/interactive-maps.aspx)