The quintessential Iceland tour! Starting off at Reykjavik we will take you to some of the hottest spots of Icelandic history and nature including Þingvellir national park, Geysir, Kerið and Gullfoss.
The Golden circle is the name commonly given to a combination of three sites of special significance in the west of Iceland. These sites are, Þingvellir National park, Geysir and Gullfoss.
Our day tour will take you to all these essential stops and more as we share with you some of the highlights of Icelandic history and nature all in one magnificent route through the Icelandic countryside.
The Golden circle is one of the most popular day tours in Iceland thanks to how accessible it is and how much it has to offer. You have the Þingvellir national park which was home to the world's first parliament as well as the site of the silfra fissure where the american and eurasian tectonic plates are separating. There is also Gullfoss the golden waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland and the Geothermal paradise of Geysir where you can see frequent hot spring eruptions.
Further to these we also take you to some additional sites such as Faxi waterfall and Kerið volcanic crater.
Geysir geothermal area
Þingvellir National Park
Kerið volcanic crater (entrance fee included)
Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in a geothermally active region of western Iceland. It is the first geyser that was ever mentioned in print and as a result the first geyser than many people would have ever heard of. As a result of this the english word ‘geyser’ is actually derived from the name ‘Geysir.
Geysir is believed to have been active for around 10,000 years and while it is unable to erupt of its own power currently its sister geyser Strokkur still erupts quite frequently.
Known as the “Golden Falls”, Gullfoss is a large waterfall in western Iceland that is fed by the Hvítá river (or white river) and drops a staggering 32 meters over three stages. As you approach the waterfall you cannot immediately see the bottom of the falls leaving you with a visual of water seemingly running into a large void into the earth.
Thanks to its stunning visuals and intriguing past the Gullfoss waterfall has become an incredibly popular tourist attraction.
Þingvellir national park (also known as Thingvellir national park) is an area of great cultural, natural and geological significance.
The two main attractions here that draw people to the location is the fact that Þingvellir is the location of the world's first parliament as well as the place where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia are slowly drifting apart from each other. The parliament that was formed here is known as the Alþingi and it still operates today although they have moved the main operations to Reykjavik. Meetings were held here though between 930 and 1798.
Kerið volcanic crater is a crater lake that is technically characterised as being in the south of Iceland. It became a focal point for tourist activity thanks to the contrast of its blue waters and red lava rock surroundings.
It was once believed that Kerið was a volcanic crater created after a large explosion but study of the area showed no evidence of any explosions of the required magnitude had occurred here. Current theories state that Kerið was in fact itself a volcano that emptied its magma reserves and collapsed in on itself.
Our fantastic day trip to the Golden Circle begins with our fast and efficient pick up service! You simply need to wait at your hotel or at one of the designated pick up points and let us take care of you.
Once we have all our guests we will set off from the city and journey to our first major destination, Kerið volcanic crater. Kerið is one of several crater lakes in the area. It became popular due to it's red lava rock that contrast with the aquamarine waters created by the mineral composition in the surrounding soil.
Our next big stop is at Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss, translated as the Golden waterfall, is a large waterfall that drops a staggering 32 meters over two stages. It is fed from the white river which originates from Iceland’s 2nd biggest glacier. The unique mineral composition of the sediment in the river causes a shimmering effect as the water cascades which is how the waterfall got its name.
After the waterfall we will make our way to the Geysir Geothermal area. The area is named after the “Great Geysir” a large geyser in the area that no longer erupts under its own power and the location that gave us the English word ‘Geyser’. Luckily there is still activity here to be seen and Geysirs sister hot spring Strokkur still erupts very frequently meaning you are almost guaranteed to see a great show. There is also a large visitors centre here and a great spot for you to buy some lunch.
Last but not least comes Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This location is known as a hotspot for divers due to the crystal clear waters between the separating plates of Eurasia and America but it is also known as the location of the world's very first parliament. Needless to say this part of Iceland has a lot of stunning nature and a very deep history.
After the National park we will head back to Reykjavik so that you can continue your Icelandic adventure.
The duration of the tour is 8 hours
There is no food included on this tour but there will be stops where you are able to purchase food.
For those who want to start their tour a little later in the day why not consider the "Golden Circle Afternoon" tour that does all of the stops in a shorter amount of time and leaves later in the morning. Or for those looking to add a stop to a geothermal lagoon to their trip, look no further than the "Golden Circle & Secret lagoon" option. Don't forget your bathing suit!
We even have a small group option that will take you along the Golden Circle route whilst also making additional stops via our "Iceland Intro: Golden Circle" Premium minibus tour.
Make sure to note down your pickup times and Departure Times. Pick up can take up to 30 minutes starting from the time on your ticket. Please wait at your hotel / guesthouse in this time span. We collect our guests with several mini buses, so please be aware that you may need to change busses at a meeting point before the tour begins!
Entrance fees to Kerið Volcanic Crater
Pick-up and drop-off from accommodations and special Tour Bus Stops in central Reykjavik
Warm, water- and windproof clothing are always useful in Iceland.
All tickets are e-tickets so there is no need to print them out.
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