Golden Circle Tour of Iceland

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Duration

8 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

All year

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Operator
Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

8 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

All year

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Days

Day Tour

Departures

Reykjavik

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About Tour

Join us on this Golden Circle Tour of Iceland to visit the top places in Iceland. Iceland is all about rare and picturesque sites that are sure to leave you in awe. This Golden Circle Tour will offer you an experience like that. The Golden Circle is the most popular traveling route in Iceland, and attracts thousands of travelers each year. If this is your first time in Iceland, the Golden Circle is a must! It is usually the first thing that travelers add to their list of interest.

The Golden Circle route primarily consists of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. This minibus tour will take you to all those locations, and even more. The tour includes the most popular places as well as some less known places along the Golden Circle. One of the most exciting stops will be the  traditional Icelandic farm to see some herds and get taste the Ice Cream that they make at the farm. The ice cream is included in the price of this tour. Your Golden Circle tour of Iceland begins when one of our experienced Golden Circle guide picks you up in a minibus in the morning. A full day of adventures around the Golden Circle will await you!

Top three locations in the Golden Circle

The sites that you will explore on this Golden Circle tour are renowned across the world and are both spectacular and very unique. We will make sure that you don’t miss out on any details when visiting those locations on your Golden Circle tour with us.

Thingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park - Golden Circle Iceland Tour

Þingvellir National Park is an amazing site that is steeped in history and folklore and is surrounded by majestic geology. It is the only site in the country that is recognized as “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. Þingvellir will be the first stop on the Golden Circle tour of Iceland. The National Park is located about 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. In Þingvellir you can see  where the tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian plate, move away from each other.

In Þingvellir you will also find the biggest natural lake in Iceland. The Lake is known for it’s beautiful views and is home to several species of fish and birds. Þingvellir also holds historical importance. At this place, Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 A.D. where the chieftains held annual summer meetings. The name “Thingvellir” translates to “Parliament Plains”. 

Öxarárfoss is a waterfall located in the middle of the park. You could wander around the park for hours, but we will not stop too long here because we have some more exciting places to explore. 

Geysir geothermal area

Geysir Geothermal Area - Golden Circle Iceland Travel Guide

The second stop on the Golden Circle tour of Iceland is the Geysir Geothermal Area that is located within the Haukadalur Valley. This is a 50-minute drive from the national park. Geysir Geothermal Area hosts hundreds of colorful hot springs and two geysers erupting hot springs. One is called “Geysir” after which all the geysers in the world are named. This hot spring erupts seldom and has not erupted for years now. The other geyser in the region is called “Strokkur” and erupts every 5 minutes up to 40 meters. It is a very unique experience to see the geyser erupt.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall in Golden Circle Iceland Tours Booking

Gullfoss waterfall is the third stop on the Golden Circle tour of Iceland. Gullfoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall is located 10 minutes down the road from Geysir. Gullfoss waterfall is located in a plunging, ancient valley and tumbles down from the height of 32 meters. It experiences the heaviest flow during summer. The melting water comes from Iceland’s second biggest glacier Langjokull in the distance. Get an opportunity to watch the majestic waterfall, definitely a picturesque moment. 

Icelandic Farm Visit

On this Golden Circle Tour of Iceland you will get an opportunity to visit Efstidalur farm. Efstidalur is a farm that has been owned by the same family since 1850. The Icelandic family-run business is all about the traditional Icelandic farming culture and focuses on cows and cattle breeding. You get to enjoy some tasty farm-to-table dairy products while overlooking the stunning mountains and friendly animals. The expedition also invites you to taste the ice cream while watching the animals in the stable.

This Golden Circle tour of Iceland is operated in a minibus, which means small groups and more personal guidance. This makes it easy to stay engaged with the information provided and avoid unnecessary crowds. The guide pays undivided attention to all your queries and helps you explore the area in a true Icelandic way.

Included

English Speaking Professional Guide

8 hours of a guided small group tour of the most popular route in Iceland

Free Wifi on board the minibus

Icelandic music on board the minibus

 Visit to an Icelandic Dairy Farm and free Home made Ice Cream

Activities

Attractions

 Traditional Icelandic Farm – the Ice Cream Farm

What to bring

 Good outdoor shoes – available for rent when booking

Waterproof clothing – second layer

Warm clothes – first layer

Gloves & Hat

 Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds.
  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.
  • You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.
  • We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles if you are visiting in the winter. Hiking boots are available at the time of booking.

Interesting locations in the area

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, we ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour.

Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time for the tour and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready in their listed location so they can be easily found.

Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.

Find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:

You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather. 

Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks on the tour. 

Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

 

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. This tour is listed as easy so if you do not feel uncomfortable with sitting in a minibus for the rive, this tour should be ideal for you. 

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