1. Outside of Reykjavik is a path called the Golden Circle which links 3 (or 4 if you add in an extra) stunning sights in one easy day's drive
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  2. It's perfect to either kick off a long trip in the country or to give a glimpse of the landscape for a short one
  3. I rented a car and started with Thingvellir Nation Park
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  4. Ground zero for where North America and Europe are pulling apart...geologically speaking
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  5. It has created long riffs throughout the national park
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  6. One of these, called Silfra, is filled with freezing water
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  7. So naturally I snorkeled in it
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  8. After hot chocolate and some more exploring, I went on to see geysirs at Haukadalur
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  9. This is where we get the word "geysir," from the grandaddy of them there. Sadly, Geysir is now dormant
  10. But not his brother, Strokkur!
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  11. Next down the road was the mighty waterfall Gulfoss
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  12. Where the Hitva river thunders into a canyon below
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  13. I turned back and drove home in the waning daylight, but next time I'll continue on to see Kerid Crater Lake
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  14. Loads of bus tours travel the Golden Circle
  15. But driving it myself was excellent