Who would have thought that Europe is actually closer to Boston than places like Seattle and Los Angeles. It’s true, the flight from Boston to Reykjavik is a mere four and a half hours long.
Iceland has long been on mine and Larisa’s travel bucket list, and we decided it was a perfect getaway for the fall. October is a good time to go, because the crowds have already died down, but the weather is still manageably warm and dry, with a good balance of day and night, there’s plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and northern lights.
Day 1 – The Golden Circle
We arrived in Reykjavik around 6 in the morning, and after getting breakfast at the “oldest” diner in Reykjavik, we decided to spend the first day on the Golden Circle, since it was likely going to be the only day without rain and the Golden Circle had much to offer.
Þingvellir National Park
The Golden Circle loops roughly 300 km from Reykjavik eastwards and back. Much driving in Iceland looks something like this. Could be Montana? Sure, but as soon as you get out of the car, you start seeing the stark differences from Montana. As seen in the photo, the speed limit is 90, that’s the case on most highways. 90 km/h is only 55 mph, slow by U.S. highway standards. So driving from one point to another usually takes longer than it might seem.
The first stop on our Golden Circle tour was Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. The park lies on the largest lake in Iceland, as well as a large exposed section of the mid-Atlantic ridge, in fact it is one of the few places in the world where the boundary between the North American and Eurasian plates can be seen with the naked eye.