The Golden Circle is perhaps one of the most popular day tours in Iceland thanks to both how accessible it is as well as how much it has to offer. Day tours to this essential destination depart from Reykjavik every day and can be experienced in a number of ways. There is the "Grand Golden Circle" which offers all of the sights of the golden circle and includes a stop off at the Kerið volcanic crater in a full day trip. For those who want to sleep in, we also have the "Golden Circle Afternoon" which covers the whole Golden Circle and departs later in the day!
The options don't stop there though, it is a perfect day tour for combo tours thanks to its centralized location and close proximity to other popular destinations (like the Langjökull glacier for example). Why not give our "Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon" tour a try for a day tour that combines the sights and history with a chance to soak in warm geothermal waters.
You have the Þingvellir national park which was home to the world's first parliament as well as the site of the silfra fissure were 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.
Our day tours 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.
As one of Iceland’s most famous tourist routes, this tour gives visitors the best opportunity to see a side of Iceland that is simply breathtaking.
The Golden Circle spans a distance of about 300 km. It starts in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik and continues on to the east, before turning in a loop and ending back in the city. Iceland is one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it is without a doubt one of the most picturesque places on earth.
A land of volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, and valleys, Iceland is a place of mystery and majesty.
First-time travelers to Iceland can enjoy a more fulfilling experience when they sign up for an Iceland Golden Circle tour. The tours available from Bus Travel, takes guests to some of the best places on the tourist map, carefully ensuring that we arrive at the destinations at the perfect time for excellent photo opportunities.
Although each location is within the 300km route, they couldn’t be more different from one another. Iceland is no ordinary holiday destination, it is the nature lover’s dream location and one country that takes outdoor adventuring to a new intensity.
The tour has three prominent destinations, all of which are found in Southern Iceland. The Geysir Geothermal Area, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss Waterfall are the main attractions of this once in a lifetime tour.
While you could embark on a self-drive adventure, a guided tour is often the better option as it allows you to sit back and relax while taking in all of the sightings. Guided Reykjavik Golden Circle tours are more comfortable than the self-drive, and you can be certain that you won’t miss a thing along the way. In the company of a guide who knows each location and its history, you can spend the day learning more than you would from a guide book.
Although there are 3 main attractions to see on the Golden Circle, you can imagine that the loop actually has far more to see than just 3 things. It is best to not rush the adventure even if you are able to see plenty before midday. There is a wide variety of attractions along the way as well as a few lesser-known places to explore. Some of the must-see places include:
The beautiful Thingvellir National Park is a green oasis, nestled within a rift valley. Only about 40km away from the capital of Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park is filled with lakes, grassy slopes and a variety of hiking trails. The park has been listed as a world heritage site and along with its beauty being an attraction, it is also a place of historical importance, as it is the site where the world’s first parliament was hosted. Photography enthusiasts will find a lot to enjoy here and it is important that you make sure that you pack your camera.
Iceland has become well known for the northern lights as well as its magnificent natural geysers. Haukadalur is the place to see some of the country’s most amazing geysers. The two most prominent geysers are the Strokkur and the Geysir, from which the modern word “geyser” is derived. Of the two geysers, Strokkur erupts every 5 to 10 minutes without fail. Geysir erupts less frequently but it is the bigger of the two. Around and close to the geysers are hot springs, fumaroles and mud pools, some of which you can take a dip in.
The Gullfoss Waterfall is a magnificent sight and one that will leave you standing dead in your tracks. It is one of the most unique waterfalls in the world, as it is viewed from above rather than from below as is the norm with most waterfalls. Travelers gaze down at the cascades from a viewpoint at the top of a ravine. It is also a great place to go hiking with many of the trails taking you to the best viewing areas. When traveling here you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the area. While the waterfall can be viewed all year round, some of the viewpoints might be closed at certain times of the year.
You can explore all that the best attractions that Iceland has to offer when you join us for a once in a lifetime Iceland tour. Our tours leave from Reykjavik and include a whole day of traveling. Book your spot today!
Below you will find a map detailing the Golden Circle route and the way that the bus will drive. Depending on the Golden Circle tour that you choose your route may not be exactly the same as this but additional stops will be listed on each tour page.