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  • Art Kramer | September 13, 2016 9:45 AM ET

    A Journey Through Iceland’s Golden Circle

    A Journey Through Iceland’s Golden Circle

    PHOTO: Gullfoss Waterfall. (photo courtesy of Collette)

    Writing on behalf of Collette about Iceland, blogger Claudia Looi declared, “among the world’s most beautiful and remote places, Iceland ranks high,” and compared the unique landscapes to “an alien world.”

    To get a closer look at this geologically otherworldly land, Looi followed the Golden Circle — Iceland’s most revered guided tour — via bus in climate-controlled comfort.

    Looi highlighted four must-experience sights along the route:

    Thingvellir National Park

    This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the birthplace of Iceland’s Althingi governmental body in 930 AD. Still in place today, it’s among the first and oldest parliaments in the world. The nation’s largest natural lake is here, along with the precise division point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

    READ MORE: Get the Full Story of the Emerald Isle with Collette’s ‘Shades of Ireland’ Tour

    Gullfoss (Golden) Waterfall

    This two-stage cataract is over 100 feet high and plummets into a canyon. Visitors experience the rumble and feel the mist produced when the water hits the bottom.

    Geysir Geothermal Field Strokkur

    This particular stop contains the most active geyser in the Field, but on Looi’s visit, another geyser shot steam, gas and hot water into the air instead of the main attraction. Caveat: geyser eruptions cannot be predicted.

    Skalholt Church

    One of Iceland’s most historic and revered churches, Skalholt dates back to the 11th century. The original wooden house of worship was destroyed and the current building on the site dates back to the 1950s. Iceland’s first school was established here.

    FOR MORE ON THIS ICELANDIC ODYSSEY, visit Collette’s blog.


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