Welcome to The Golden Circle


The route spans roughly 300km and takes in three main sights, which are all true knockouts: Þingvellir where tectonic plates meet, Geysir where water erupts more than 100 times a day, and the roaring and staggeringly voluminous waterfall Gullfoss.

With the mega-attractions all within a couple of hours drive from the capital, places get crowded and it can feel more commercial than other areas. Still, despite the hordes, the Golden Circle remains one of the most memorable routes on the planet. Dozens of tour buses stop here, but visiting during off-hours allows a more subdued experience. Save time for nearby activities – rock climbing, rafting and soaking in geo-pools, plus visiting a hydropower museum, fishing and exploring a 6500-year-old explosion crater.


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$89.91 Day Trips & Excursions

Premium Small-Group Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

Start your tour with a complimentary hotel pickup in Reykjavik between 9am and 9:30am and then head out for a Golden Circle Adventure. The Golden Circle includes the greatest sights in Iceland, Thingvellir, Gulfoss and Geysir. Covering about 300km looping from Reykjavik into central Iceland and back again.The highlights of the tour include:Thingvellir: This pivotal landmark connects all the major events in the founding of the Icelandic commonwealth. It is also considered the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic divergent ridge.Fríðheimar farm, which has been owned by the same family since 1995 and focuses on tomato and cucumber growing, tourism and horse breeding. Enjoy their horse show which show you the different gaits. This stop is the perfect opportunity to see the Icelandic horse up close.Geysir: The highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the lively Strokkur geyser which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall in Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. Located in South Iceland near the second largest glacier in Europe Langjokull Glacier.Kerid is a striking crater-lake filled with milky blue-green water amid stark black and deep red slopes. Geologists now believe it to be a collapsed magma chamber at the end of a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 6,000 years ago.We are always prepared to make an extra stop for photos along the way, and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to pull over to feed any Icelandic horses we pass at the side of the road.You can expect to be back to your hotel in Reykjavik between 5pm and 6pm. There is free WiFi on board so that you can share your images with friends and family instantly!

$77 Day Trips & Excursions

Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir geothermal area where the Strokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces. The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m (105 ft.) deep.The Golden Circle tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year.Additionally, the tour includes a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where you can learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat that Iceland has in abundance.

$783 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Golden Circle, South Coast, and Jokulsarlon from Reyjavik

Day 1 The Golden Circle & Kerið Volcanic CraterSetting out from Reykjavík on the Golden circle route, first you’ll delve into the mysteries of Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which have spread so far apart that it is possible to stroll directly between them. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America!The next stop features the biggest geysers found in the Haukadalur valley; Strokkur and Geysir. Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, is next. This is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. Finally, to add something unique to your experience, you will also visit the big volcanic crater called Kerið. At the end of the day, your accommodation awaits in Seljaland, a lovely country guesthouse located in a beautiful spot close to SeljalandsfossDay 2 South coast, the five waterfalls and black beach ReynisfjaraAfter a good night’s rest, your first stop today will be at the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is located beneath the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Close by is the beautiful but less known waterfall Gljufrabui which you will also visit.Next up is the stunning Skogafoss, a drop of 60 m (200ft) of natural raw power that must be seen to be believed. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting the secret waterfalls of Kvernufoss and Írafoss.Then it is on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall. Black basalt has been shaped into amazing different formations, most notably the famous Reynisdrangar. Beware the might of the Atlantic Ocean which looms with its powerful waves.Day 3 Glacier lagoon and the incredible Blue Ice caveToday, you set off in the morning for a totally unique experience. A visit to a natural stunning Blue Ice cave will be the highlight of the day. After a drive through the lovely village of Vik, you stop at the Skaftafell national park where the amazing views will take your breath away! You then continue to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This famous lagoon is filled with huge chunks of ice that have cracked off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash on shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin and from there, your Ice cave adventure will begin. The ice caves only form in the winter when glacial water freezes to create this unique natural phenomenon. Each season, the local glacier experts find the best caves to visit in an enjoyable and safe way. From the glacier lagoon, they drive you through the best of Icelandic highlands in a special Super Jeep to the ice cave. There you will have about an hour to explore and enjoy the magical blue caves. Please do not forget to bring your camera!

$865.11 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Golden Circle and Ice Cave 3-Day Tour from Reykjavik

Day 1 - The Famous Golden Circle routeThe Golden Circle is first on the agenda with its three main attractions; Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Thingvellir National park, an UNESCO’S world heritage site will be your first stop. After exploring all that the national park has to offer, you will head to Geysir, geothermal area. Explore the area on your own and walk among springs of all shapes and sizes. Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is the last attraction of the popular Golden Circle route. This magnificent waterfall with its roaring water rushing into the canyon is the most visited one in Iceland. From Gullfoss, you will drive through the fruitful agricultural area of south Iceland towards ring road nr. 1. On your way, there will be possibilities for great sights all around. Next up, you will visit Skógafoss waterfall, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the one you can walk behind. You will spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where during the winter months you will have the possibility of catching the Northern lights if the conditions are in your favor.  Day 2 - Black sand beach & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Your day starts with a stop at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. The Atlantic Ocean really shows its force here, so be careful to follow the instructions from your tour guide. The basalt pillars, Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea just off shore are a sight not soon forgotten. From Reynisfjara, you will continue your journey towards the east. Vatnajökull glacier dominates the area, including the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon filled with floating icebergs, which will be your next stop. After this day’s adventures, you will head to the Skaftafell area where you will spend the night. During the winter months, the group will, of course, also keep an eye out for the Northern lights that night if the conditions are right. Day 3 - Glacier Walk and Ice Caving On the last day of your 3 day adventure, you will go on an ice cave adventure. The adventure allows you to experience the wonders of a natural ice cave. Once inside the cave, you will have plenty of time to explore the magical ice and take photos. New ice caves are formed each winter so we have to rely on nature to keep the temperature below the freezing point to make the scenery in and around the cave at its best. The weather in Iceland is ever-changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will, therefore, decide how it’s best to operate the tour each time. After your time in the cave, you will head back to Reykjavík with some stops along the way including the Fjadrargljufur Canyon. We should be arriving back in the capital between 8 and 11 PM.

$193.43 Outdoor Activities

Golden Circle & Horseback Riding

The Golden Circle & Horseback riding tour is one of our bestselling day tour, audio guided in 10 languages! You will see the world famous erupting geyser & hot springs, experience the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings of old as you walk down the lava canyon where the American and Eurasian continents are literally pulling apart in Þingvellir. The day will end with horse-riding through meadow and lava fields. The tour starts with a stop in Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing and the birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. This is also where the gigantic tectonic plates of America and Eurasia have pulled apart and the resulting rift valley is right there before your eyes on the shores of Iceland’s biggest lake. The next stop is at Geysir Hot Springs, the home of the one-and-only original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Here the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skywards from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes. Now for a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall, which is an awesome sight to behold. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar. The horse riding tour will takes us through meadows, lava fields and a small river. We will enjoy the picturesque scenery of volcanic mountains and farmland, passing several farms, giving us an idea of how Icelandic agriculture has developed in the last decades. The trails are good for horse-riding, giving us an opportunity to experience the special gait of the Icelandic horse “tölt”.

$1393.20 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Adventure: West Iceland Ice Cave and Northern Lights

Day 1: West IcelandDrive along the scenic west coast of Iceland, exploring all of the major sights that you can find in and around the Snaefellsnes peninsula. During this first day you will be exploring Deildartunguhver hot spring, the mot powerful hot spring in all Europe, the historic site of Reykjavik, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and the basalt columns of Gerduberg before reaching your accommodation for the night.  In the evening we will hunt for the northern lights*  Day 2: Snaefellsnes peninsulaAfter breakfast, you will drive along the coastline of Snæfellsnes peninsula. During this second day you will be exploring the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, the Vatnshellir cave which is as close as you will get to Jules Verne story "A Journey to the Center of Earth" and Hellnar before continuing to the beautiful Djupalonssandur beach where you will go on a short hike. The last stop will be at the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, a favorite spot for many photographers. On our way back to our accommodation in Reykjavik we will try to spot some northern lights. Day 3: The Golden CircleThis day is full of adventures. Here you will visit all 3 attractions of the popular Golden Circle route which includes Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss (Golden) Waterfall. Explore all the wonders of these 3 world famous attractions before heading towards Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfall. The last stop of this magical day will be Reynisfjara, the unique black sand beach. Don’t miss the basalt column cave before you leave the beach. We spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where we will have the possibility of catching the northern lights. Day 4: Ice caving and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoonThe main object today is a glacier adventure, which includes a natural ice cave* in Vatnajökull and the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Explore the heavenly blue colors of the cave and the floating ice bergs of the lagoon which come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. After this day’s glacier adventure, we head to the hotel in Skaftafell area where we will spend the night.  Day 5: Glacier Walk and South ShoreOn this last day we will visit the breathtaking Vatnajokull glacier for a glacier hike. We will also have the opportunity to visit some of the sites from day three again on our way back to Reykjavik. There will also be a visit to the Fjadrargljufur Canyon, and possibilities for some additional stops as well– all in accordance with the weather. We will be in Reykjavík between 8 and 11 PM, depending on weather and conditions. *Please note that the order of the itinerary can change depending on conditions in the areas. 

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