The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route in Iceland that covers three main attractions located in the southwestern part of the country. The attractions are Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located about 40 km east of Reykjavik. It is a place of great historical and cultural significance as it was the site of the world's first parliament, Althingi, which was established in 930 AD. The park is also home to a rift valley formed by the separation of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, making it a unique geological site.
Geysir geothermal area is located in the Haukadalur valley, about 90 km from Reykjavik. It is known for its active geysers, particularly the Great Geysir, which erupts hot water and steam up to 70 meters in the air. The area also has several hot springs and fumaroles that emit steam and gas.
Gullfoss waterfall is located on the Hvita river, about 10 km from Geysir. It is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions and is known for its spectacular two-tiered drop. The water falls a total of 32 meters into a narrow canyon, creating a stunning display of water and mist.
Together, these three attractions form the Golden Circle, a popular day trip for visitors to Iceland. The route is easily accessible by car or bus and offers stunning natural landscapes and unique cultural experiences.
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