The Golden Circle is a great tour to do in winter, it runs all year round and is generally easy to do if you want to self drive. First stop is Þingvellir National Parkit is a beautiful location which is steeped in geographical and historical information. I definitely want to go back in summer/autumn! Next up is Geysir and Strokkurbeautiful location to see the amazing power of nature, Lastly but in no means least is the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall this place is so beautiful! A must see.
I had one day to get a glimpse of South Iceland and the short amount of time I spent there was amazing! I drove to Vik but the weather was so bad that I couldn’t see anything. I got to stop and take lots of photos of the amazing landscapes and I got to say hello to the cutest most lovely Icelandic Horses.
This is the first stop of the Golden Circle. They way you pronounce Þingvellir is Thingvellir. I only did the main tourist walk bit I didn’t actually go down into the park. I was on a tour and I didn’t have any time to go off and explore for myself. Looking out at the viewing points the landscape is so beautiful!
Þingvellir literally means ‘Assembly Plains’ it is where decisions were made and events were held. It is a very important place in Icelandic history. Not only that but it is an amazing natural wonder. The area is a fissure area, which means that there is a huge crack in the earth because Iceland is on top of two tectonic plates that broke apart. Sites like these make me wish I paid more attention in geography!
In winter it is beautiful, everything is covered in snow and it makes the park look endless! I want to go back because I have no idea what it would look like without it and that is something I need to know.
This park is free entry, although the toilets will cost you 200 isk (€1.30) because it is a national park and they have to remove the waste.
It is definitely worth it to go, the area is beautiful, the history and geography is fascinating and you can also go diving in this area too. I can’t wait to go back!
Bere Island is small, quiet and very pretty. To get there you take a ferry boat, from Pontoon which is located in between Glengarriff and Castletownbere. All the times and prices are available here. I had never gone on a ferry boat and it was unknown to me that you have to reverse your car onto the boat. Which at low tide is quite a scary thing to do! I stayed in the Lawrence Cove Lodge, a clean friendly environment, which is right beside where the ferry terminates in Rerrin Village.
There are lots of animals on the island, dogs, cats, horses, cows. They are usually wandering all around and are very friendly. I think animals make a place so this was a really great addition for me.
The island is a used as a military base so if the soldiers are visiting a bit of the beach is off limits but I got the chance to go to this little cove of beauty. It is calm with clear water and is a fantastic spot for a picnic or a swim.
What I found difficult is the eating options, there are very few places I found. Mostly a nice toasted sandwich and chips are on the menu. There is a small shop with all the necessaries but nothing too exotic.
There are lots of walks you can do, it’s quiet enough you can walk on the road and generally end up somewhere picturesque.
I think it is a great location to get away and to relax. Lots of walking can be done so you don’t need a car but if you aren’t into too much walking than a car will be fine on tiny island roads.
It’s a charming place with very nice people and stunning surroundings. Perfect for a break away.
Firstly this trip starts off on a boat, I love boats, I love being on water. There are seals that are perched on rocks on your way to the island. Looking adorably cute I may add. The ferry across costs about €10 and they come every half hour. The town of Glengarriff is beautiful, really pretty town in Cork.
The views all around the Island are incredible! The island itself is gorgeous and on a summer day it is bliss, it’s almost like it has it’s own climate, so if you go don’t forget suncream and even a hat just in case. Admission onto the island is €4 so really affordable.
The gardens are lovely, such a variety of flowers and trees. There are great walks and paths all around the island. There are different sections such as the Italian Garden and the Walled Garden. The island has a martello tower which you can climb and look out onto the bay. Really great attraction to visit. It is a really relaxing place that is perfect for a picnic.