Iceland Golden Circle Tour by Rental Car
You can book a Iceland Golden Circle Tour with several tour companies, but we decided to do our own Golden Circle Tour by rental car. We flew in from North America to Keflavik, where we had already reserved a rental car. Make sure to reserve your rental car before you get there, because the boom in tourism has caused a shortage of rental cars. When you come from North America, you arrive very early, but the rental car agencies are open 24 hours. So, we went straight from our over night flight to our own 8 hour Iceland Golden Circle Tour by rental car.
Iceland Golden Circle Tour – Thingvellir
The first stop on our Golden Circle Tour was Thingvellir, called Þingvellir in Icelandic. This area is on the mid-Atlantic Ridge. The landscape is volcanic rocks with an impressive split between the rocks which marks the separation between the plates for Europe and North America. The weather was sunny, clear and calm, which made for a pleasant walk at Thingvellir. Since it was very early, there were only a couple other people there when we started. The first tour bus arrived just as we returned to the visitor parking lot.
Next we drove to a nearby spot that the tour buses skip. From a small parking spot along the highway, a short walk put us in a tight canyon. This spot really makes you feel like you are right between separating continents. From there we drove to the other side of the rift and then we took the short hike to Öxarárfoss Falls. Öxarárfoss is a small waterfall with beautiful clear water. We finished of our visit to Thingvellir by driving past Silfra. As we drove by, we could see nearly 40 tourists in wet suits who were waiting to scuba dive into the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.