The Golden Circle is probably the most visited part of Iceland. First because you can drive it with a 2WD car, second because you can do it over the weekend if you take Icelandair mystopover deal and third that you see a lot of the different landscapes you can find in Iceland over a smaller area.
Even if you do the complete ring I still suggest you to go, it is quite special.
Beat the crowds
Leave early from Reykjavik to beat the crowds. We left at 8AM so we managed to be a bit in front of most of the bus tours. Keep in mind that July & August is the busiest time (as probably almost everywhere)
Thingvellir national park
You can spend loads of hours here walking around, you can even scuba dive and get to the place where the 2 tectonic plates (The North American and the Eurasian one ) meet and so much more, but of course it depend on your plan.
It stands for "Golden Falls" and it is one of the moment popular waterfalls in Iceland. Although neither the highest, nor the widest nor the one having the biggest debit, Gullfoss waterfall is at least to say impressive.
Strokkur (the baby Geyser)
The name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa, "to gush", the verb from Old Norse. (Source). The Great Geysir, or Stori-Geysir, has been dormant since 1916 when it suddenly ceased to spout. It came to life only once in 1935, and as quickly went back to sleep.(Source)
Strokkur (the churn) is currently the most energetic spouting spring in Iceland. It spouts every few minutes, sometimes to a height of 40 m, yet generally less than 10-20 m. We know little of Strokkur's age and past history. It was set off during an earthquake in 1789, having then been quiescent for some time. (Source)
after staying to watch a couple of spouts we went back to the car and drove towards the last stop on the Golden
Often overlooked from the Golden Circle itinerary, Lake Kerid offers a gorgeous view and a nice walk around. Kerid is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grimsnes area in south Iceland.
you have to pay an entrance fee of 400ISK but this is almost nothing considering that you pay for toilette 200ISK ;)
The golden circle tour ends here but we continued our road towards Vik. Stay tuned ;)