During a short trip to Iceland back in December 2015, yes I frequented a bar or two in the capital Reykjavik (although my purse is still recovering from that night), yes I completed the famous Golden Circle tour, and yes I visited that infamous penis museum. But, sadly no I didn’t see the northern lights, no I didn’t swim with whales, and no thanks to the weather, I didn’t get as close as I would have liked to the stunning Gullfoss waterfall.
Below are a collection of images I captured during that trip featuring some of Southwest Iceland’s stunning natural beauty when the gale-force Arctic winds were not trying to blow the camera out of my hands. Enjoy.
I reached Hengill Valley by helicopter which is probably the easiest, quickest and safest way to reach the geothermal fields and volcanic crater of Hengladir. The flight and tour wasn’t cheap (I booked the hour long Geothermal tour organised by the Reykjavik based company Nordurflug), but the whole experience was absolutely memorable and was well worth the extravagance.
Please note – I have not received payment or any other incentive for mentioning Nordurflug here, and they haven’t approached me to promote them on this website. I am mentioning them here only out of experience.
Þingvellir is one of the three main attractions along Iceland’s famous Golden Circle and almost every Golden Circle tour will stop off at this location. It takes just over an hour by car to reach from Reykjavik if driving clockwise around the Golden Circle route. Take Route 1 north out of Reykjavik towards Monsfellsbaer. From there, take Route 36. When you near the location, there will be signposts for it. The geysers of Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall are a further hour’s drive from Þingvellir.
Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and that penis museum (a short video)
Entering North America without a passport or visa via Iceland’s Bridge Between Continents