The plan was to begin the day in Reykjavik, and end near in Hvolsvöllur, having seen all three stops along the Golden Circle and enjoying a hot pot in Laugarvatn. This plan was too aggressive.
Nothing in Iceland is really all that far away, but the time it takes to get from one location to the next should not be underestimated. You're going to want to stop at random things, and you most certainly should. At this point, I was moving slower than I had originally expected.
Thingvellir is the first stop on what's unofficially called the Golden Circle. The GC is a trio of landmarks close to Reykjavik. If you have only a few days in Iceland, you can easily enjoy this area of the country. For me, I wanted to see these things but I didn't plan on spending much time here.
Truthfully, I would have liked to spend more time at Thingvellir.
Iceland is famous for its natural hot springs, or as they call them "hot pots". [Adorable!] I Having read about a local's hot pot in the town of Laugarvatn. With a sharp modern design Laugarvatn Fontana seemed like a great place to relax from what had been some taxing travel. It was perfectly placed along the GC Loop.
I would have had a few more photos but all four of my Fuji batteries were dead, and the Nikon was tucked away. And really, with folks enjoying a soak, photos weren't tops on my list. Here's a shot of the lake where the actual hot spring is. Fontana is seemingly built over half of it, and you can go back and forth if you'd like. Terrific experience.
With daylight fading fast I drove as fast as I could to Gullfoss. Of the three Golden Circle locations Gullfoss is by far the one I was looking forward to most.
I liked it so much, I stayed at a random farm house near by and photographed it again at dawn. Well worth the time. I didn't know it then but this would be the end of good weather, I'm glad I made the most of it.
A dutch photo group would eventually join me at Gullfoss. Nice folks. Great to have a few people milling around to provide scale to the landscape.