Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

Day Trips & Excursions in Reykjavík

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This private full-day tour takes place on the popular Golden Circle of Iceland route and is a convenient way for you visit unique landmarks which are truly interesting. Besides three classic stops at Thingvellir National Park, Geyser valley and Gullfoss waterfalls, you will see Kerid crater, Faxi waterfall and visit Fridheimar greenhouse. You can even customize the trip  and make it truly memorable. Optional stops along the way can be at Fontana spa, Secret Lagoon or your trip can be extended by visiting the Blue Lagoon.
The tour will start from Reykjavik by heading to the Nesjavellir geothermal area, one of the hottest spots in Iceland, located nearby the Hengill volcano. At Nesjavellir you will find second largest geothermal power station in Iceland, which serves Reykjavik region with warming water. From Nesjavellir head to the Thingvellir National park and drive by the side of Thingvallavatn lake which offers spectacular views of  landscape. The Thingvellir National park served as parliament ground during many centuries, from the time of early settler Vikings and up to 19th century. In valley at Thingvellir, you will walk along the Almanagja fissure, the place where American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge and move apart approximately two centimeters per year. Then drive to Haukadalur, valley of geysers and making short stop on a way at the Lugarvatn lake, known by its hot springs under water near by the shore. Next stop will be at the Haukadalur valley, where the Strokkur geyser erupts every 5-10 minutes into air a mixture of hot water and steam to height up to 30 meters (98 feet), while other hot springs at the area are quiet but colorful.  One of the main attractions on route will be the Gullfoss waterfall with cascades of 36 to 76 feet (11 and 22 meters) of powerful water stream falling into gorge. From Gulfoss go toward to the Friðheimar greenhouse, and make stop on a way at the Faxi waterfall on Tungufljot river. The Friðheimar greenhouse is good example of horticulture in Iceland, it is open for visitors, and you can come and enjoy a unique food experience at the restaurant, with tomatoes growing all around.One more stop that we do on the way back to Reykjavik at the Kerid crater, 180 feet (55 meters) deep explosion crater filled with water, creating a lake whose steep circular slopes resemble an ancient amphitheater.You can add a stop at the ocean cost nearby the Eyrabakki, spending some time at the beach and visit traditional Icelandic village. On the way to Reykjavik we go over the Hellisheidi mountain pass and bring you back to Reykjavik to your hotel or guesthouse.Please note: The itinerary could be altered according to weather and road conditions.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Driver/guide
  • Jeep or minibus transportation

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)


  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Family friendly
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences