Visit Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss in style in one of our premium day tours, run exclusively in small groups of no more than 17 people.
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 attempt to 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 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.
Further to these though we also take you to some additional sites such as the fantastic Friðheimar farm and Kerið volcanic crater.
Geysir geothermal area
Þingvellir National Park
Kerið volcanic crater (entrance fee included)
Friðheimar horse farm
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.
Friðheimar is a farm located in the west of Iceland in the area known as the Golden Circle. The farm has grown dramatically since its purchase in by its current owners in 1995 but the history of the farm goes back as far as 1946.
Today the farm combines aspects of Horticulture with the other passion of its owners, Horses. The farm has a horse breeding program and offers a variety of different horse shows for its guests. You will have a chance to see the horses and learn a little bit about what makes these particular animals so special. You will also be able to partake in a visit to the Friðheimar greenhouse where the staff will take you on a special tour that will feature a talk on the difficulties on growing vegetables in a country that is known for its long, dark winters. During this visit you will also have an opportunity to taste some of the tomatoes that grow at the greenhouse, which are a specialty of theirs.
Our day tour 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 the rest. Once we have all our guests we will set off from the city and journey to our first major destination.
Kerið volcanic crater will be the first stop we make. Kerið is one of many crater lakes located in this area. It became a popular destination due to it's vivid red lava rock that contrast with the aquamarine waters created by the mineral composition in the surrounding soil.
Following from Kerið we make a unique stop at a local farm called Friðheimar. Located near to the town of Flúðir (home of the secret lagoon), Friðheimar is a visitor friendly tomato farm and an ideal location to stop during your Golden Circle tour. The farm is more than just it’s greenhouses though as they also have a highly active horse breeding program. They currently have around six first-prize award winning broodmares and you will get a chance to visit with them as we include a visit to the stables where you will learn more about the Icelandic horses and their unique gaits. You will also get a chance to see the inner workings of the Friðheimar greenhouse where you will receive a talk on how they manage to produce such high quality vegetables in a country known for its long, dark winters and also a chance to sample some of the tomatoes that the farm is well known for.
Our next stop is at Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss, translated as the Golden waterfall, is a large waterfall that drops a stunning 32m over two stages. It is fed from the white river which originates from Iceland’s 2nd biggest glacier. The area is intertwined with a mixture of history and myth surrounding plans to build a hydroelectric dam that ultimately fell through due to the efforts of one girl and her protests to preserve the nature.
After the waterfall we will make our way to the Geysir Geothermal area. The area gets its name from a specific hotspring known as the “Great Geysir” a large geyser in the area that that gave us the English word ‘Geyser’. Geysir itself is no longer able to erupt without assistance, but luckily there is still activity here to be seen and Geysirs sister hot spring Strokkur still erupts frequently. There is also a large visitors centre here and a great spot for you to buy some lunch.
The last stop on our tour is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This is the site where the world's first parliament was formed when the old Viking group leaders decided to join together on a yearly basis to discuss the events and laws of the land. This area is also notable as being the location where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates are separating from each other creating the Silfra fissure, a popular diving spot.
After the National park we will head back to Reykjavik.
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
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 / guest house 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!
Please note, children under the age of 8 are not permitted on this tour. For further information on travelling with young children click here
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