Experience the Wonderful Golden Circle Tours in Iceland

Embark on a journey through the breathtaking Golden Circle Route, where cascading waterfalls and geothermal wonders await your exploration.

Iceland’s Golden Circle tours offer the ultimate Iceland experience

Iceland’s Golden Circle, spanning 300 kilometers, guides you to Iceland’s most popular attractions: UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, and the tranquil Kerið volcanic crater lake

These wonderful Golden Circle landmarks eloquently showcase Iceland’s distinctive geological wonders, enchanting landscapes, and a rich blend of history and culture.

This trip is a must when visiting Iceland! Our tour guide Siggy was very quirky and funny but he was very knowledgeable and talked in depth about the history of Iceland and every destination. The landscape is beautiful and at times takes your breath away, the views of the waterfall are breathtaking…It’s a full day tour and definitely worth your money!!
By Emma (United Kingdom) in October 2023

Explore the famous Golden Circle of Iceland

See cascading waterfalls, erupting geysers, enchanting geothermal fields, serene glacier waters, rugged volcanic ridges, and so much more.

Embark on thrilling adventures to truly experience the wonders of Iceland.

The Golden Circle sightseeing route is conveniently close to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, making it a prime choice for combining sightseeing with exciting activities. Among the most popular options departing from Reykjavik are whale watching, horseback riding, exploring the Perlan Ice Cave, experiencing the Northern Lights Planetarium, soaring through FlyOver Iceland, and more.

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Within the Golden Circle route, there’s much to see and do. Explore our selection of combo tours, pairing thrilling activities with Golden Circle sightseeing.

Exciting Activities to Explore Along the Golden Circle Route

Beyond the iconic attractions of the Golden Circle Route, Iceland beckons with a host of adventurous experiences. With activities to suit diverse tastes and interests, Iceland promises the thrill of trying something new during your visit. 

Ever imagined swimming between the tectonic plates in some of the world’s clearest waters? Dive into the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park. How about a thrilling snowmobile ride atop Langjokull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier, and an exploration of its mesmerizing blue ice caves? Or perhaps savoring a taste of geothermal bread, freshly baked in the natural ovens fueled by volcanic heat in Laugarvatn, nestled between Thingvellir and Geysir? 

Iceland’s natural wonders offer a plethora of surprising adventures—discover yours today.

Discover Your Golden Circle Activities

Iceland’s extraordinary natural beauty provides numerous unexpected adventures to explore

The Golden Circle of Iceland

The Golden Circle spans approximately 300 km, starting in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, and winding its way east before returning to the capital. Despite Iceland’s modest size in Europe, it boasts some of the most distinctive and diverse landscapes on the planet.

Our day trips to this renowned tourist route ensure you visit all the must-see stops, with additional options for off-the-beaten-path excursions.

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The Northern Lights dancing over Thingvellir National Park, Golden Circle, Iceland.

The Golden Circle Attractions

While the Golden Circle has its top four attractions, don’t forget that this route holds even more treasures beyond these four spots. Rushing through the journey, even if you can catch many sights before noon, might cause you to miss out on the variety of other attractions dotted along the way, including some hidden gems. Here are some must-visit places:

Thingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park, nestled within a rift valley between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, is a lush oasis of natural wonder. Just 40 km from Reykjavik, the park has tranquil lakes, undulating grassy slopes, and a web of varied hiking trails.

Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands out not just for its picturesque landscapes from its unique geological features, but also for its historical significance as the birthplace of the world’s first parliament.

Photography lovers will enjoy the picturesque opportunities, so don’t forget to bring your camera along.

Walking between two continents in Thingvellir National Park, Golden Circle, Iceland

Geysir Geothermal Area

Iceland has gained worldwide recognition for its mesmerizing Northern Lights displays and its exceptional natural geysers. Haukadalur valley is the ultimate destination to witness some of the country’s most astonishing geothermal sights.

Among these, the two standout geysers are Strokkur and the renowned Great Geysir, from which all geysers take their name. While Strokkur is a reliable performer, erupting every 5-10 minutes, the Great Geysir hot spring remains dormant for decades, adding an air of mystique to the landscape. Surrounding these geysers, you’ll find a surreal area filled with hot springs, fumaroles, and bubbling mud pools, creating an otherworldly atmosphere unlike any other.

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Strokkur geyser in winter, Golden Circle, Iceland.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss, the “golden falls,” is a breathtaking natural wonder that promises to etch unforgettable memories in your heart. Unlike most waterfalls, which are typically observed from below, Gullfoss offers a unique vantage point from above, adding to its distinct charm. 

The surrounding landscape features a network of scenic trails, inviting you to take leisurely walks and discover the best viewpoints. While Gullfoss can be admired year-round, it’s worth noting that some viewpoints may temporarily close during certain weather conditions.

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Gullfoss waterfall, Golden Circle, Iceland

Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake

Kerid is a remarkable volcanic crater lake characterized by its stunning red, black, and green slopes juxtaposed against mesmerizing blue-green waters. This striking geological feature came into existence approximately 6500 years ago when the magma chamber of an ancient volcano crumbled at the culmination of an eruption. 

For a more comprehensive view of the crater’s beauty, a well-maintained trail winds around its rim, providing panoramic vistas. 

Additionally, there’s a path that descends to the crater floor, allowing for exploration around the lake’s perimeter—an experience well worth undertaking.

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Kerid volcanic crater lake in winter, Golden Cirlce, Iceland.

Why Join Us to Visit the Wonderful Golden Circle of Iceland

BusTravel Iceland, a Reykjavik-based tour operator, has been showing visitors around Iceland for over 60 years. We’re proud of our long history and our reputation for offering outstanding tours led by our exceptional guides, taking you to all of Iceland’s top attractions

A 8-hour Golden Circle tour is the most popular one. For those seeking an extended adventure lasting up to 11 hours, these tours often incorporate visits to lesser-known attractions along the way or offer a delightful complement to a trip to the renowned Blue Lagoon in Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland.

Regardless of the tour duration, all tours have stops at Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Additionally, we ensure you have the opportunity to witness the rising star of Kerid crater, a destination garnering increasing acclaim in recent years.

Discover the very best of Iceland’s attractions by joining us on an unforgettable Iceland tour departing from Reykjavik. Secure your spot today and embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

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Reviews from Our Golden Circle Tours
by Cynthia
Sigurjon was our tour guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and fun. He shared his passion for music and for Iceland with us, and by the end of the journey we were like a family, all discovering Ic… Read more
by Elena
Did this tour guided by Monika. It was fantastic! A great selection of sites, good pacing and timing at each stop to give you a chance to experience everything. Our guide was funny and friendly and in… Read more
by Helen
The tour is very well-paced, and although you see a lot on the tour you do not feel that you are being rushed from one place to the next. There were good facilities (toilets, food) at most of the plac… Read more
by CB and David Loftin
We experienced Iceland’s natural beauty on the Golden Circle Small Group tour. Traveling by small van instead of a large coach made for a much more personal experience with the guide and fellow passen… Read more
by sara
Iga was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and funny local that introduced us to Iceland; we had a short but amazing time in the stops, that are of course breathtaking. The day was beautiful we w… Read more
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