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From here we do the Golden Circle tour. We visit Thingvellir National park, or Þingvellir (Parliament Plains). The Alþing or general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. In 1928, a law was passed that protected it in 2004, and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the Park, we walk between the tectonic plates of America and Europe. From here we head to visit Geysir, a hot spring that erupts periodically. The name comes from the old Norse word “to gush,” as it shoots boiling water up to 300 feet in the air. Next, we stop at the Gullfoss (or Golden) waterfall. It is situated in the south of Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 105 feet in two stages into a rugged canyon whose walls reach up to just over 229 feet in height.
Our last stop is to the Fridheimar greenhouses, which use geothermal heating. They are run by a husband (an agronomist), wife (a horticulturist) and their 5 young children. Dinner on our own. Tonight will also be in the area of the Golden Circle.