The Golden Circle
Gullfoss ( Golden Waterfall ) is the turning point. But before reaching Gullfoss you will pass Pingvellir National Park on road 36, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Lake Laugarvatn Fontana with its geothermal pool and steam baths at Laugarvatn Fontana. The next stop is the great geyser Strokkur, just wait 15 monutes to see it erupt. There is a cafe restaurant at Geysir.
A tourist trap? No this is nature at its best, the real thing. After admiring Gullfoss where there is also a cafe restaurant take a different route back passing the greenhouse areas of Laugaras and Reykholt and Skalholt Cathedral before reaching the volcanic crater lake Kerid, The last stop on the list is the greenhouse town of Hveragerdi ( Hot Springs ) where Europe's only banana plantation is located. On the way back to Reykjavik you cross the lava fields of Hellisheidi mountain pass. A great way to see new land in the making. And look in the rear view mirror as in the far distance you'll see the volcano Eyjafjallajokull.