The small island nation of Iceland may have only one major “highway,” the 828-mile Route 1, better known as Ring Road because it navigates the entire perimeter of the country, but it can be difficult to traverse depending on weather conditions at particular times of the year. While a road trip around the island is a fantastic adventure that reveals unimaginably unique landscapes, it can be a considerable challenge for those self-identifying as anywhere from timid to even moderately adventurous in their travels. In these cases, a full-day Golden Circle tour is the perfect antidote to any FOMO experienced by foregoing the road trip.
The Golden Circle refers to a 190-mile loop around southern Iceland where many of the country’s most iconic wonders sit, and guided bus tours of the route are plentiful from the capital city of Reykjavik. On any Golden Circle tour, you’re sure to encounter Thingvellir, Gullfloss, and Haukadalur — three natural attractions you didn’t know you couldn’t live without experiencing.
Thingvellir is a national park that lies in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, providing a chance to walk between two continents and exposing spectacular scenery. This is also home to the world’s oldest surviving parliament, Althing, established in 930.
Gullfloss, meaning “golden falls,” is a powerful waterfall in a canyon of the Hvítá River. It’s not tremendously deep, with a total height of 105 feet, but its overall scale is impressive and it is a top attraction in Iceland. It’s from Gullfloss that the Golden Circle gets it name.
Finally, no Golden Circle tour is complete without a visit to Haukadalur, the geothermal valley home to Geysir, the original geyser from which all others glean their name. Geysir erupts infrequently, remaining dormant for years on end, but nearby Strokkur erupts regularly, every five to 10 minutes, providing every visitor with a chance to witness the nearly 100-foot eruption of boiling water.
Travelers are already savvy about keeping trash out of oceans and focused on our rising shorelines. But according to MarineSafe, sunscreen is one of the biggest and permanent polluters to our oceans. The common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to coral reefs and other marine life. The chemicals are shown to cause coral bleaching that ultimately leaves the coral vulnerable to infection and malnourished. Of course, sunscreen isn’t the only source of pollution in our oceans, but is quickly escalating into a crisis.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
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