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Julie Marshall, joint Managing Director of Travel Masters & the Travel Studio, has recently come back from an breathtaking journey to Iceland, where she took a tour to The Golden Circle – among many other adventures!

Julie took part in a ‘Fire & Ice’ Collette Tour that featured and highlighted Iceland’s Golden Circle. This tour begins and ends in the thriving capital of Reykjavik – making it the perfect addition for a pre or post cruise, or just extending your time in Iceland!

Touring Iceland’s Golden Circle

Favourite Destination:

The Golden Circle – perfect for those going on a short trip, or a weekend adventure in Iceland!

The Golden Circle truly captures all that Iceland has to offer. I visited Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. I also got the chance to see Gullfoss Falls, one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls! Then thermal area of a Geyser, with bubbling mud pits and active blow holes. Every seven minutes this hot spring shoots up to almost 30 meters (90 feet) in the air. Visiting The Golden Circle really is witnessing Mother Nature at her finest.

Favourite Experience

The Northern Lights

There is nothing that can quite compare to the excitement of sitting in the dark, wrapped up in all our warm weather gear, swaddled in blankets, and staring in awe at the dancing Northern Lights. It truly is an experience that is incomparable to any other! A definite must for everyone’s Wander-List.

Favourite Dining Experience

Local Bakeries

Sometimes it’s not the fine dining experiences or 5 Star restaurants that really leave a mark on you. On this trip – the local bakeries were a real stand out for me! Never in my life have I tasted bread quite like it. Couple this with the multitude of Danish’s and cakes, and I was in absolute heaven. You must also try a Hot Dog from the famous Hot Dog stand in Reykjavik – make sure you as for a Hot Dog with THE LOT!!

Julie’s Top Tips for seeing and experiencing Iceland

1 – Capture It – Iceland is a photographers dream destination! Although a good camera is not necessary, if you have one, don’t forget it! You are sure to get some breathtaking shots on your adventures here

2 – Off Peak – I travelled at the end of September. This is considered off peak season, while the weather was still cold it was very bearable. The autumn colours were stunningly beautiful, and the attractions were a lot less packed.

3 – Be Prepared – Always be prepared for all weather. Wear layered clothes, good waterproof walking shoes and always take waterproof coat and trousers where ever you go. You may not need them, but the weather is very changeable and also needed if you want to go behind any of the waterfalls.

4 – Think Ahead – If hiring a car, make sure you have windscreen insurance. There are a lot of small rocks that will fly up from the roads.

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