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The Perlan Museum and Golden Circle Tour is a great option for those who want to combine all the highlights of the Golden Circle and the world class nature, aurora and geology exhibition at Perlan, The Wonders of Iceland. The interactive museum is one of the most ambitious exhibitions in Iceland where scientific wonders come alive all around you; glaciers, volcanoes, oceanic wonders, seabirds and northern lights.
After Perlan, depart the city on a true adventure with one of our enthusiastic guides. You will explore, inhale and experience the unique wonders on the Golden Circle; Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall and Kerið Volcanic Crater.
Your day begins at Perlan Museum at 9am (pickup not included) with the Wonders of Iceland Exhibition. Just show you tour voucher at the reception to gain access to the Wonders of Iceland Exhibition.
A meticulous recreation of a natural ice cave, the Perlan Ice Cave is around 100m long and gives visitors an opportunity to experience an ice cave in the city. Normally one need to travel for 100kms to visit a real ice cave so this is a great compromise. Indeed the ice here is actually made from over 350 tons of real snow and great efforts have been made to simulate the real thing.
Árora is a stunning planetarium where state of the art technology is used to recreate wonderous northern lights displays. Sit back and be blown away by the huge wraparound screen and learn how auroras form and the tales and myths that have built up around them.
Between 10.30 and 11.00 you will be picked up in front of Perlan for the Golden Circle Afternoon tour. One of our experienced guides will take you to the most renowned natural pearls of the southwest of Iceland in a single afternoon.
Our first stop is the geological wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir sits on the intersection of two tectonic plates that slowly drift apart from one another, creating a dramatic and rugged Rift Valley with many impressive open cracks and fissures. This is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to observe a Rift Valley on dry land.
Þingvellir is also charged with history and tells stories of political struggles, compromises and ongoing evolution. Icelands first parliament, Althing, was established here in 930. It was an open air assembly until the end of the 17th century and a big point of gathering where people from all around the island united once a year to make and amend law, settle disputes and form alliances. As you walk down the big fault of Almannagjá towards the Rift Valley you drop into the scenery and atmosphere of the Viking era and truly walk in the footsteps of the Vikings coming for their annual meeting point.
Next stop is Geysir Geothermal area where you get the chance to observe the erupting hot spring Strokkur spout steaming water up to 20 meters into the air every 5 to 10 minuets. The whole area is transformed by geothermal heat and puts on display magnificent geothermal features such as bubbling pots, steam vents, spouting geyser, colourful ponds and beautiful colours. The are offers big service facility optimal for various lunch options and souvenir shoppers.
Only 10 min drive from Geysir is the iconic waterfall of Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall) and it's stunning canyon. Gullfoss is alimented by the glacial river Hvítá that streams down from Langjökull ice cap and throws itself into a 70 m deep canyon it has sculpted over the last 10.000 years. Langjökull is Iceland's second biggest ice caps and can be spotted from the upper level parking on a good day. The beauty and power of Gullfoss has inspired many people and is not to miss. Well maintained walking path take you to all the best spots.
Kerið Volcanic Crater is a unique site with its collapsed magma chamber now filled with milky turquoise waters. Walk around the edge of the crater and embrace the Icelandic landscape or walk down to the lake's shore and admire the vivid colours of this natural beauty.
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