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Golden Circle

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In this 360 VR tour you´ll be able to visit all the major points of interest along the so called Golden Circle in the South western part of Iceland. The Golden Circle (Icelandic: Gullni hringurinn) is a popular tourist route, covering about 300 kilometres (190 mi) looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. It is the area that contains most tours and travel-related activities in Iceland. See a map of the locations along the Golden Circle below.

The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been mostly dormant for many years, Strokkur continues to erupt every 5–10 minutes. Other stops include the Kerið volcanic crater, the town of Hveragerði, Skálholt cathedral, and the Nesjavellir and Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plants.  Grayline Iceland is one of the tour companies that offer tours in the area, such as the “Golden Circle Classic Tour

Þingvellir National Park is an attraction of great historical, geological and cultural significance. Located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, the UNESCO designated world heritage site is also the birthplace of the Althing—Iceland’s parliament founded in 930 AD—where the nation’s most powerful leaders would meet to decide on legislation and carry out brutal Viking-age justice.

Our next stop is the beautifl lake of Laugarvatn, Arnessysla, Iceland is the name of a lake and a small town in the south of Iceland. The lake is smaller than the neighbouring Apavatn which can also be seen in this 360 pano. Laugarvatn lies within The Golden Circle (which also includes Þingvellir, Arnessysla, Iceland, Geysir, Arnessysla, Iceland, Gullfoss Waterfall and the beautiful volcanic crater Kerið), a popular tourist route, and acts as a staging post. The town has a population of about 200, and lies predominantly along the west side of the lake. There is a boutique hostel called Héraðsskólinn Hostel at Laugarvatn located in the town. The lake contains geothermal springs under its surface, making it a popular swimming spot with some warm patches along the shoreline year-round and the popular Laugarvatn Fontana Spa is located by the shore of the lake.

We continue our journey to the home of “The Great Geysir” hot spring, which all geysers are named after, this area is an impressive collage of bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents, and colourful algae deposits. Strokkur geyser puts on quite the show every few minutes blasting boiling water high up into the air.

The tour continues across an area of picturesque scenery to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Once there, you can take several paths around the two tiers of cascading water to explore several vantage points.

The waterfall Faxi (or Vatnsleysufoss) waterfall is located on the Golden Circle, a popular tourist destination east of Reykjavik. The waterfall is located on the Tungufljót river. Faxi can be found around twelve kilometres from Geysir and Gullfoss, and eight kilometres from Skalholt, away from the main road on a gravel track which includes a picnic area and a small car park. The river is full of salmon and is a popular spot for fishing, and very close to the waterfall is a restaurant called Vid Faxa.

Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland, on the popular tourist route known as the The Golden Circle. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland´s Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier, created as the land moved over a localized hotspot, but it is the one that has the most visually recognizable caldera still intact. The caldera, like the other volcanic rock in the area, is composed of a red (rather than black) volcanic rock. The caldera itself is approximately 55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across. Kerið’s caldera is one of the three most recognizable volcanic craters because at approximately 3,000 years old, it is only half the age of most of the surrounding volcanic features. The other two are Seyðishólar and Kerhóll. While most of the crater is steep-walled with little vegetation, one wall is sloped more gently and blanketed with a deep moss, and can be descended fairly easily. The lake itself is fairly shallow (7–14 metres, depending on rainfall and other factors), but due to minerals from the soil, is an opaque and strikingly vivid aquamarine.