From Underwater explorations to sustainable wonders
On a bright, albeit slightly overcast day, my partner and I embarked on an extraordinary Icelandic travel adventure. The itinerary promised exciting prospects: snorkelling in the pristine Silfra fissure at Þingvellir National Park, an experience that was nothing short of a nature lover's dream.
The Silfra Snorkeling Adventure
The day started off with us suiting up in our dry suits and snorkeling gear, prepared to explore the underwater majesty of the Silfra fissure. This geological marvel, located in the Þingvellir National Park, is the only place in the world where you can swim between two continental plates. With the guidance of experienced local instructors, we descended into the crystal-clear waters. Visibility here can exceed 100 meters, a feature that lends the waters of Silfra their legendary status among divers and snorkelers worldwide. The underwater landscapes were mesmerizing – vibrant aquatic plant life, ethereal blue hues, and the thrill of floating between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates created a sense of wonder and adventure.
Visiting the Oldest Swimming Pool in Iceland
After our energizing dip in Silfra, we decided to embrace another water-centric Icelandic tradition: the thermal pool. A 40-minute drive brought us to the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, a hidden gem tucked away in the heart of the country at Flúðir. Nestled amidst stunning landscapes, this geothermal pool dates back to the 19th century, boasting a history as rich as its soothing warm waters. Submerging ourselves in the pool's geothermally heated embrace, we could feel the fatigue washing away, leaving us rejuvenated for the rest of the day's journey. This delightful combination of history and relaxation made our visit to the pool a memorable addition to our Icelandic adventure.
Visit to Friðheimar
With spirits soaring high, we realized we had some time to spare before heading to our hotel. Friðheimar, renowned for its blend of agriculture and gastronomy, was conveniently nearby. Friðheimar felt like a green sanctuary, surrounded by vibrant flowers and Icelandic horses gently grazing in the background. Upon arrival, we were welcomed warmly, introduced to an array of homegrown vegetables, and given insights into their greenhouse cultivation process.
Unique Blend of Nature and Luxury
An old greenhouse turned vibrant wine bar at Friðheimar provided the perfect break. A rustic setting, created by a luscious 20-year-old grape tree overhead, complemented the charm and luxury of the place. It was here we savoured the homemade bread and capers, an integral part of our Friðheimar visit. Roaming the greenhouses was an integral part of our Friðheimar visit. Observing the lush vegetation, from tomato plants to vibrant flowers, was a calming experience, embodying the perfect balance of nature and human stewardship. Our visit to Friðheimar was like no other – it was immersive, educational, and gratifying. The ambience, the respect for nature, the warmth of the staff - everything made our Friðheimar visit truly memorable. As we departed, both my partner and I looked forward to our next encounter with this unique blend of nature and luxury.
A Seamless Addition to the Golden Circle
Our remarkable day trip from Silfra to Friðheimar was a seamless addition to the classic Golden Circle route. Not only did this itinerary offer unique experiences that deeply connected us with the authentic spirit of Iceland, but it was also conveniently accessible with no F-Roads to navigate. For those unfamiliar, F-Roads in Iceland are highland roads, often requiring a 4x4 vehicle and additional driving skills, but our journey was smooth, effortless, and perfect for any kind of traveler.
From snorkeling in the pristine Silfra fissure, bathing in the country's oldest geothermal pool, to dining amidst verdant greenhouses, each aspect of this tour offered an unforgettable Icelandic experience. Plus, the trip's accessibility and feasibility make it an ideal option for visitors looking to explore beyond the well-trodden paths of the Golden Circle.