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The front desk will help you find and schedule all the tours and nature activities that your day needs. Around Laugarvatn, you can find many of Iceland´s most popular destinations like Gulfoss, Geysir and the Althingi. Looking for a more structured day? Volcanic tours and horseback rides are just two of the activities that can be found within an hour of the hostel. At the end of the day, we encourage guests to unwind in one of the area´s many geothermal baths and spas.
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For years the Golden Circle has been the most popular travel destination in Iceland. It is a true natural paradise consisting of, but not limited to, Geysir, Gulfoss waterfall and Þingvellir national park. Laugarvatn is located in the center of these natural phenomena, providing the ideal place to stay while you explore these wonders.CHECK DETAILS
Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The rift valley within the park marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This is where the Eurasian and North American plates intersect causing Iceland to stretch approximately 2-5 cm per year.
The park is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Parliament or Alþingi was established at Þingvellir in the year 930 and remained there until 1798. It is the oldest extant
parliamentary institution in the world.
Gullfoss waterfall is widely considered the Golden Circle´s main attraction. The wide Hvítá river rushes southward and turns sharply to the right about a kilometer (0.62 miles) above the falls before flowing down into a curved three-step "staircase".
The average amount of water running over this fall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s. Gullfoss waterfall is a must see for travelers in Iceland.
The geothermal field at Geysir is one of Iceland’s most impressive geological attractions. Two centuries ago, historians claim the strongest of the spouts reached a height of 60 meters on average. So remarkable was the site of these tremendous blasts that western Europeans would establish ‘Geysir’ as the catch-all term for geothermal vents of water and steam. Today, the eruptions at Geysir are just as frequent, if not as forceful. Crowds gather around the geyser known as Strokkur to witness blasts of anywhere from 10-20 meters.
Iceland is well known for its geothermal activity and hot springs. Right by the side of Heradsskolinn is a natural geothermal spa, and all over the surrounding area you can find plenty of other natural baths.